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Today, there was avalanche in Mount Everest that swept away the slopes killing at least six Nepalese guides and leaving nine more missing, official said.
The Sherpa guides had gone to the route to fix the ropes for hundreds of climbers when the avalanche hit them just below the camp 2 around 6:30am, Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said.
Until now, six people has been recovered and rescuers are still digging out. Others all still to be found.
The climbers, their guides and support guides had gathered on higher altitude at the base camp for the final attempt to scale the 8,850 m peak next month when weather condition get favorable.The guides were fixing routes and ropes on the slopes ahead of the final ascend to the Everest.
The area where the incident took place is known as the “Popcorn Field” and is located at 6,400 m above sea level.
A helicopter has been sent from Kathmandu and the fellow climbers and rescuers had rushed for the rescue.
Sad News all over Social Medias.
6 Nepal guides killed, 9 missing as avalanche sweeps Mount Everest ahead of … – CJAD https://t.co/p8l38nOPUj
— Nepal Travel news (@Nepal_travels) April 18, 2014
Sad news from the #everest 2 dead and several missing after avalanche on Mount Everest https://t.co/JVPW5dYx7E
— Madhu Acharya (@Madhu2067) April 18, 2014
A bad start to the season — Avalanche in #Everest, six feared dead:: https://t.co/3jiUYMN7cj via @ekantipur_com
— Pradeep Bashyal (@pdpbasyal) April 18, 2014
Nepal tourism official: 6 Nepalese guides dead, 9 missing in Mount Everest avalanche – @AP https://t.co/vBUFFwfwAG
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) April 18, 2014
RT @AFP: #UPDATE Everest accident ‘most deadly in mountain’s history’ as death toll in avalanche rises to nine
— Scott Peterson (@peterson__scott) April 18, 2014
Heart goes out: “9 dead, 3 seriously injured after avalanche on Mount Everest” https://t.co/eFDnc0bOU7
— Joy A. Franco (@engineering_joy) April 18, 2014