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Red Arrow Nepal Blizzard/Avalanche-Death Toll Rises-Many Missing

Nepal Blizzard, Avalanche Death Toll Rises to 27, 85 Missing-So Far
-Officials Warn It Will Take Days to Dig Out Bodies from Deep Snow
  • At least 20 have died in Nepal in the country's mountainous north
  • Avalanche buried four Canadians and one Indian trekker in Phu, Manang
  • Three villagers killed in the same district, 100 miles from Kathmandu
  • In neighbouring Mustang district, four trekkers died on Tuesday
  • The blizzard was caused by cyclone Hudhud, which hit neighboring India

AP/Daily Mail UK, 16 October 2014


KATMANDU, Nepal (AP)

— Search teams in army helicopters rescued dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and recovered more bodies of victims of a blizzard and avalanches in the mountains of northern Nepal on Thursday, raising the death toll to 27, officials said.



Local people gather as a Nepalese army rescue helicopter lands to carry an injured trekker from the Thorung La mountain pass


About 85 people were still missing along or near the popular Annapurna trail, said Ganga Sagar Pant of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, and the death toll there was expected to rise.
The route, 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of the capital, Katmandu, was filled with international hikers during the peak October trekking season, when the air is generally clear and cool. There were also many Nepalese on the trails because of local festivals.




In this photo provided by the Nepalese army, soldiers carry an avalanche victim before he is airlifted in Thorong La pass area, Nepal, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. An avalanche and blizzard in Nepal's mountainous north have killed at least 12 people, including eight foreign trekkers, officials said Wednesday. Five other climbers were hit by a separate avalanche on Mount Dhaulagiri and remain missing. (AP Photo/Nepalese Army)



Government administrator Yama Bahadur Chokhyal said rescuers recovered 10 more bodies from the Thorong La pass area, where they had been caught in a sudden blizzard Tuesday.
The bodies were not yet identified. Rescuers recovered the bodies of four other hikers — two Poles, an Israeli and a Nepalese — from the area on Wednesday.
Chokhyal said 64 more foreign trekkers were rescued from the area on Thursday. Two trekkers from Hong Kong and 12 Israelis were airlifted Wednesday to Katmandu, where they were being treated at a hospital.
They said they survived by taking refuge in a small tea shop along the path.

"I was sure I was going to die on the way to the pass because I lost my group, I lost all the people I was with and I could not see anything," said Linor Kajan, an injured trekker from Israel, who said she was stuck in waist-deep snow.
"One Nepalese guide who knows the way saw me and asked me to stay with him. And he dragged me, really dragged me to the tea shop. And everybody there was really frightened," she said.

Another Israeli survivor, Yakov Megreli, said they tried to stay awake in the tea shop to stay warm.
"We tried not to sleep. We tried not to get hypothermia. It was a very frightening and awful situation," he said.

The blizzard, the tail end of a cyclone that hit the Indian coast a few days earlier, appeared to contribute to an avalanche Wednesday that killed at least eight people in Phu village in neighboring Manang district. The dead included one Indian and four Canadian trekkers as well as three villagers, said government official Devendra Lamichane. The villagers' bodies were recovered Wednesday, he said.

The foreigners' bodies were buried in up to two meters (6½ feet) of snow and digging them out will take days, he said.


Three Canadian trekkers who survived the avalanche were taken by helicopter to a shelter in a nearby village. No information was immediately available on their condition.

Authorities said five climbers were killed in a separate avalanche about 75 kilometers (45 miles) to the west, at the base camp for Mount Dhaulagiri. The climbers, two Slovaks and three Nepali guides, were preparing to scale the 8,167-meter (26,800-foot) peak, the world's seventh tallest, said Gyanedra Shrestha of Nepal's mountaineering department. Their bodies were recovered Thursday.

An avalanche in April just above the base camp on Mount Everest killed 16 Nepalese guides, the deadliest single disaster on the mountain. Climate experts say rising global temperatures have contributed to avalanches in the Himalayas.





From left to right, Israeli trekkers Linor Kajan, Yakov Megreli and Maya Ora attend the media at the Army hospital in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Nepal army rescuers in helicopters spotted eight more bodies of trekkers along a mountain trail that was buried in avalanches and blizzards, raising the death toll to 20, while five more climbers were missing on another mountain, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)






Nepalese trekking agent stands in front a patient¿s list at the Army hospital in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. At least 14 foreign trekkers have been rescued so far, including two from Hong Kong and 12 Israelis who were being treated at the Military Hospital in Katmandu. October is the most popular trekking season in Nepal, with thousands of foreigners hiking in the Himalayan mountains. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)





A Nepalese army soldier takes a photo of a patient's list at the Army hospital in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. At least 14 foreign trekkers have been rescued so far, including two from Hong Kong and 12 Israelis who were being treated at the Military Hospital in Katmandu. October is the most popular trekking season in Nepal, with thousands of foreigners hiking in the Himalayan mountains. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)


As the weather improved, rescue workers recovered the bodies of four hikers - two Poles, an Israeli and a Nepali - from around Thorong La.
Two trekkers from Hong Kong and 12 Israelis were airlifted Wednesday to Kathmandu, where they were being treated at Shree Birendra Hospital.




Tragedy: Soldiers carry the dead body of a trekker from the Thorung La mountain pass, which saw treacherous conditions this week




Nepalese soldiers prepare the bodies of dead trekkers to be airlifted from the mountain




Rescuers recovered the bodies of the two Poles, one Israeli and one Nepali trekker from the Thorong La pass area (file picture)





Thorong La Pass: At 17,769 feet it's the highest point on Annapurna circuit




The stunning landscape at the Thorong La pass makes it popular with trekkers


The blizzard, the tail end of a cyclone that hit the Indian coast a few days ago, appeared to contribute to an avalanche Wednesday that killed at least eight people in Phu village in the neighboring Manang district.
The dead included one Indian and four Canadian trekkers as well as three villagers, said government official Devendra Lamichane. The villagers' bodies were recovered Wednesday, he said.
But digging out the foreigners' bodies, which are buried in up to two metres (six feet) of snow, will take days, he said.
Three Canadian trekkers who survived the avalanche were taken by helicopter to a shelter in a nearby village. No update was immediately available on their condition.







An injured climber is hoisted aboard a helicopter





October is the most popular trekking season in Nepal, with thousands of visitors hiking around Nepal's Himalayan mountains




The rain and snow in Nepal were caused by a cyclone that hit neighboring India several days ago


Meanwhile, authorities said five climbers were killed in a separate avalanche some 75 kilometers (46 miles) to the west, at the base camp for Mount Dhaulagiri.
The climbers, two Slovaks and three Nepali guides, were preparing to scale the 8,167-meter (26,800-foot) -high peak, the world's seventh tallest, said Gyanedra Shrestha of Nepal's mountaineering department. Their bodies were recovered Thursday.
An avalanche in April just above the base camp on Mount Everest killed 16 Nepalese guides, the deadliest single disaster on the mountain.
Climate experts say rising global temperatures have contributed to avalanches in the Himalayas.


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HOW DID CYCLONE HUDHUD BECOME SUCH A DEVASTATING FORCE?




Pictured is Cyclone Hudhud on October 9th in the Bay of Bengal. The storms that form in this region have a reputation for being unusually destructive


India's east coast has been in the path of a powerful cyclone, Hudhud, that has engulfed the area in winds of up to 135mph (217 km per hour).
Weather experts claim it is the strongest tropical cyclone of this year within the North Indian Ocean.
The cyclone, named after the Arabic Hoopoe, formed in the Northern Indian Ocean with satellite pictures now showing it moving away from Nepal towards China.
While tropical cyclones are less likely to form in this region than in the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean basins, the storms that do form have a reputation for being unusually destructive.
Eight of the ten deadliest tropical cyclones in history are believed to be Bay of Bengal storms, with all of these storms causing well over 100,000 deaths.
A number of factors contribute to the destructiveness of Indian Ocean storms, including simple geography.
For instance, the Bay of Bengal is semi-enclosed, which means storms that form there are quite likely to strike land where much of the coastline is densely populated and low-lying.
The storm went through a period of rapid intensification as it approached the India coast, with Nasa suggesting this may be due to increasing sea surface temperatures.
Hudhud intensified into a cyclonic storm on October 8 and as a Severe Cyclonic Storm on October 9. It then gathered pace and was classified as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm.
Shortly before landfall near Visakhapatnam, Hudhud reached its peak strength with three minute wind speeds of 109mph (175 km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 960 mbar (28.35 inHg).
The bad weather hit a resting place 4,500m (14,800ft) above sea level, not far below popular Annapurna trek’s highest point, the Thong La pass.
After bringing damaging winds and flooding to parts of eastern and northern India, the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Hudhud hit the Himalayas resulting in an intense blizzard.





Pictured is the rainfall analysis of Cyclone Hudhud from October 7-14 showed heavy rainfall in many areas. Up to 550 mm (~22 inches, dark red) over ocean and over land, the highest totals are 200 to 250 mm (~8 to 12 inches, green) and 50 to 100 mm (~2 to 4 inches, blue)


24 Climbers Die in Nepalese Mountains due to Blizzard:


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