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GORKHA: At least 11 people are feared dead and eight others have gone missing as an avalanche hit the base camp area of Mount Manaslu in Gorkha on Sunday morning.
Two dead bodies--one of a Nepali national and the other of a German mountaineer-- have been retrieved, while nine bodies were seen buried in the masses of snow in the upper region, according to the members of rescue team.
The two bodies have been kept at Samagaun. The victims are identified as Nepali climber Babu Dorje Sherpa and German national Ralax Amikl.
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It has been also learnt that five helicopters-- three of Simrik Air and two of Fishtail Air --have been deployed to carry out the rescue operation despite the bad weather.
Five injured have been airlifted to Kathmandu.
The disaster took place at an altitude of 6000-7000 metres in the wee hours today morning.
According to preliminary information, as many as 24 mountaineers, including some Nepali guides, were in the expedition team under the assistance of Baluwatar-based Thamserku Trekking.
14 foreigners in Thamserku's team
KATHMANDU: The trekking agency informed that the expedition team that it was supporting included 14 foreigners only.
One of them, a German national, was killed while others are safe, according to Anjan Rai of Thamserku Trekking.