Avalanche kill 17 trekkers in Nepal

October 16, 2014 2:40 AM

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KATHMANDU: A snowstorm and avalanche in Nepal’s Himalayas has killed 17 trekkers and guides — nine foreigners and eight Nepalis — on a popular hiking route, while more than 100 others remain out of contact, officials said on Wednesday.

Severe weather triggered by the tail end of Cyclone Hudhud, which battered neighbouring India’s east coast, hit trekking groups on the Annapurna circuit as well as mountaineers trying to scale the avalanche-prone Mount Dhaulagiri in central Nepal on Tuesday.

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