Death toll from Nepal avalanche grows to 12

  • Mon Sep 24th, 2012 10:17pm
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KATMANDU, Nepal — The death toll in an avalanche in Nepal has risen to 12, the Nepal Mountaineering Association said Monday.

The avalanche struck Mount Manaslu on Sunday at a height of around 7,000 meters when climbers were preparing to set off for the summit.

Eleven people were killed on the mountain and one died after he was taken to Katmandu for treatment, the Nepal Mountaineering Association said.

“Exact details are still hard to confirm because we have received different figures from different sources,” said Zimba Jangbu Sherpa, president of the association.

He said 18 had been rescued and taken to Samagaon, the nearest village from the base camp.

There have been conflicting reports on the death toll and number of people missing.

“Rescue operations go on for days before we are able to locate the missing, so we can’t really confirm the total number of dead right now,” said Dipendra Paudel of the Tourism Ministry’s mountain section.

The tourism ministry said a Nepali, a German and a Spaniard were among the killed. It said six French nationals, an Italian and a Canadian were among those missing. Three French climbers, two Germans and a Nepali climber were airlifted to hospitals in Katmandu, police said.

Mount Manaslu is the world’s eighth-highest mountain.