Nepal closes trekking route after 38 die in storm

October 20, 2014 9:56 AM

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KATMANDU (Nepal): Nepalese officials closed a section of a popular Himalayan trekking route on Sunday after rescuers, overwhelmed with last week's snowstorms that killed 38 hikers, had to bring to safety new climbers who set out on the same mountain trails where the blizzards struck.

The dead from the blizzards and avalanches that hit the upper section of the Annapurna Circuit in northern Nepal included foreign trekkers, local guides and villagers. Most among the hundreds of trekkers who had been stuck in the snow have been brought to safety, and government official Yama Bahadur...

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