Alexa 7 Missing in Nepal snowfall

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7 Missing in Nepal snowfall

 International Desk

 Published: 03:54 PM, 19 January 2020  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Seven alpinists were reportedly missing in snowflakes on their way to the Himalayas in northwestern Nepal. Four of them were reported to be South Korean tourist and three were Nepali guides.

The tourism department of the country confirmed the information on Saturday.

Dhan Bahadur Kharaki, the head of the local police in the country, said the snowfall occurred at a base camp at an altitude of 10 thousand 600 feet near Annapurna on Friday. Several climbers have been rescued from the snowstorm until now. Yet rescuers continue to work. However, rescue operations were being hampered due to adverse weather, he said.

He added that about 200 tractors including 140 foreigners were evacuated from the Annapurna area by four rescue helicopters on Saturday.

It was reported that four of the missing South Korean countrymen were the head of a volunteer teacher group operating for children.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the families of the missing have been informed about this and will send an emergency rescue team to Nepal very soon.

It is to be noted that Mount Annapurna (25,545 feet) is the tenth highest mountain in the world. The base camp of this mountain in northwest Nepal is a favorite destination for trekkers. Every year, thousands of trekkers visit that base camp. However, since it is a snowy region, it is dangerous to travel there, Indian media reported. In 2014, at least 40 people were killed in a snowstorm in Mount Annapurna.