Kathmandu: At least nine people, including foreign tourists, were killed and eight others went missing when an avalanche hit climbers on a Himalayan peak in Nepal on Sunday.
The avalanche hit a camp in Gorkha district, around 250 km north-west the Nepalese capital.
There were at least 50 people from different expeditions on the mountain when the avalanche hit Camp III at Mt Manaslu situated at the 7,300 metre altitude as the climbers heading towards the peak.
Nine bodies have been recovered which include a Sherpa guide and six foreigners, according to an official of Himalayan Rescue Association. Three of the dead have been identified as German national Christian Mitten Meyes, Spanish Marty Roig Gasull and Nepali Dawa Dorje Sherpa.
Six other bodies were still lying at the avalanche site on the mountain, and are yet to be brought to the base camp for identification.
Eight foreign tourists, including five French climbers, have gone missing after the incident, according to the Tourism Ministry official. “We have continued rescue operations till Sunday night and will continue further rescue works on Monday,” he said.
More than 15 foreign tourists have been rescued from the site and they have been provided first aid after being brought back to the base camp, he said.
Five injured climbers have been airlifted to Kathmandu for further treatment, he added.
Three helicopters were dispatched and the Army, police and local rescue workers were mobilised to carry out rescue operations in the avalanche-hit area.