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Oct 18, 2014

Nepali troops seek at least 40 missing on blizzard-hit trek

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepali troops on Saturday searched rugged snow-covered Himalayan terrain in their most intensive effort to find any remaining survivors of a blizzard that killed 30 people and injured 175 in one of the country’s worst mountain disasters.

More than 40 people are still missing after unseasonal weather in peak trekking season unleashed avalanches on the 240-km (150-mile) route around Annapurna, the world’s 10th-tallest peak, which takes enthusiasts three weeks to finish.

Oct 17, 2014

Nepal blames poor forecasts, lax rules for trek disaster

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s prime minister on Friday promised to set up an early weather warning system after at least 29 people were killed in a blizzard on a popular Himalayan trekking route, raising concerns that amateurs were ill prepared for such expeditions.

Nepal’s government blamed poor weather forecasts and lax regulation after the storm struck at high altitude on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, close to the world’s 10th highest mountain, stranding scores of foreign tourists and Nepali guides in waist-high snow with little shelter.

Oct 17, 2014

Nepal blizzard survivors recount ordeal, rescuers hunt for missing

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Trekkers battling a Himalayan blizzard were left helpless after porters fainted from the cold, a survivor of one of Nepal’s worst mountain disasters said on Friday, as rescue teams resumed a hunt for 10 missing hikers and the death toll reached 29.

The dead included trekkers from Canada, India, Israel and Poland, as well as Nepali guides and herders, drawn by the peak hiking season only to fall victim to unexpected avalanches and blizzards brought by a cyclone in India.

Oct 16, 2014

Canadian trekkers, sherpa hid under rock in Nepal avalanche

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Survivors of a freak Himalayan blizzard that killed at least 25 people in Nepal said on Thursday they dived under a large boulder to shelter from an avalanche that buried four Canadians in their group when it smashed into the trail.

Mountain rescue teams helped by clear weather scoured the Himalayas for dozens of hikers missing after the early winter blizzard and avalanches this week hit the Annapurna trekking route popular with backpackers.

Oct 16, 2014

Rescuers search for dozens of trekkers after deadly Nepal snow

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Mountain rescue teams in Nepal searched for scores of missing trekkers on Thursday after unseasonal blizzards and avalanches killed at least 20 people along the high altitude Annapurna mountain route popular with backpackers.

Army and civilian rescue workers say between 73 and 85 trekkers registered on the trail were unaccounted for. Not all of those people were necessarily trapped by the weather and some may have left the area, rescue workers said.But the death toll, which included 11 foreigners and three yak herders, was expected to rise with so many unaccounted for after snowstorms brought by the tail end of a cyclone that struck eastern India last weekend.

Oct 15, 2014

Freak Nepal blizzards kill 12, including hikers, yak herders

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – At least 12 people, including eight foreign hikers and a group of yak herders, were killed in Nepal by unseasonal blizzards and avalanches triggered by the tail of cyclone Hudhud, officials said on Wednesday.

The hikers’ deaths come during the peak trekking season in Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountain peaks, including Mount Everest.

Oct 15, 2014

Blizzard triggered by cyclone Hudhud kills hikers in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Seven people including three foreigners and a group of yak herders were killed in Nepal by unseasonal snow blizzards and an avalanche triggered by the tail of the Hudhud cyclone, officials said on Wednesday.

The bodies of a Nepali citizen along with two Polish nationals and an Israeli hiker from the Thorang-La area were found along a popular trekking route near Annapurna, the world’s 10th highest mountain, according to Baburam Bhandari, governor of Mustang district. Bhandari said they perished in a blizzard.

Sep 19, 2014

Nepal clears GMR plan for $1.4 billion hydroelectric plant

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s centre-left cabinet on Thursday cleared the way for Indian firm GMR to build a $1.4 billion hydroelectric plant in the northwest of the country, a cabinet minister said, the Himalayan republic’s biggest foreign investment scheme.

The Nepalese government agreed to allow GMR in 2008 to construct the 900-megawatt Upper Karnali hydroelectric power plant in the northwest.

Sep 18, 2014

Nepal clears India’s GMR plan for $1.4 bln hydroelectric plant

KATHMANDU, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Nepal’s centre-left cabinet
on Thursday cleared the way for an Indian firm to build a $1.4
billion hydroelectric plant in the northwest of the country, a
cabinet minister said, the Himalayan republic’s biggest foreign
investment scheme.

The Nepalese government agreed to allow India’s GMR company
in 2008 to construct the 900-megawatt Upper Karnali
hydroelectric power plant in the northwest.

Aug 19, 2014

Nepal names mountain after Everest chronicler Elizabeth Hawley

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal has named a small Himalayan peak near its border with Tibet after a respected chronicler of mountain climbing and opened it to foreign mountaineers for climbing, officials said on Tuesday.

The U.S.-born Elizabeth Hawley came to Nepal in 1960 as a journalist for Time magazine and from her home in Kathmandu she now runs the Himalayan Database, a record of major climbs of mountains in Nepal including Mount Everest.