At Least Seven Hikers Missing After Avalanche in the Himalayas
The Himalayas hit by an avalanche. More than 200 hikers who were detained were rescued with helicopters and jeeps. But at least seven tractors, including four South Koreans, are missing.
The avalanche occurred near the base camp of Mount Annapurna, at the height of 3,230 meters. At least seven walkers, including four South Koreans, went missing.
They had fallen behind during the trek. Members of their group who could escape the avalanche informed the emergency services.
Heavy snowfall and lousy weather complicate the rescue operation. Helicopters did not yet manage to land near the village of Deurali, where the walkers went missing.
More than 200 hikers detained in the area could be rescued with helicopters and jeeps, or brought to safety on foot.
Every year thousands of foreigners go to Nepal to go hiking in the Himalayas. With its 8,091 meters, the Annapurna is one of the highest mountains in the Himalayas.
More people die every year than on Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. In 2014, 40 hikers killed in an avalanche.