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9 climbers die in avalanche

2012-09-23 14:04

Katmandu - An avalanche swept away climbers on a Himalayan peak in Nepal on Sunday, leaving at least nine dead and six others missing, officials said.

Police official Basanta Bahadur Kuwar said the bodies of a Nepalese guide and German man were recovered and that rescue pilots have spotted seven other bodies on the slopes of Mount Manaslu in northern Nepal. The mountain is the eighth highest in the world.

Ten other members of the team survived the avalanche but many were injured and are being flown to hospitals by rescue helicopters, he said.

Weather conditions were deteriorating and it was not possible to continue air searches of the mountain on Sunday, Kuwar said.

The identities of the victims were still being confirmed.

The avalanche hit the climbers at a camp at 7 000m as they were preparing to head toward the summit, which is 8 156m high.

It is currently the beginning of Nepal's autumn mountaineering season.