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Apr 26, 2015

Seventeen bodies found at Everest base camp, official says

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Seventeen bodies have been recovered at the base camp on Mount Everest where hundreds of climbers are stranded after an earthquake in Nepal on Saturday triggered an avalanche on the world’s highest peak, a mountaineering official said.

The first helicopter took off from Kathmandu on Sunday morning to airlift the injured after flights were delayed by cloudy weather, Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told Reuters. At least 61 people were injured.

Apr 26, 2015

Bad weather hampers search for avalanche survivors on Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Bad weather frustrated efforts to rescue hundreds of climbers stranded on Mount Everest on Sunday, a day after an earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche in possibly the single deadliest incident on the world’s highest peak.

An Indian army climbing team found 18 bodies on Saturday in the first hours after the quake, an army spokesman said.

Apr 26, 2015

Nepal steps up rescue efforts as quake toll jumps to 1,800

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal ramped up efforts on Sunday to rescue people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,800, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.

The Nepal government urged nations to send aid and braced for the toll to rise after rescuers overnight were hampered by strong aftershocks, blocked highways and a lack of equipment. People used their hands in many places to dig for survivors.

Apr 26, 2015

Nepal seeks help, death toll seen rising after devastating quake

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal urged countries to send aid to help it cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that killed nearly 1,400 people, a toll predicted to rise as rescuers used their hands to dig for survivors among the rubble on Sunday.

Thousands of people braved freezing temperatures and patchy rain to sleep on pavements, in parks or in fields in the crowded Kathmandu valley, too afraid to return to homes damaged by a 7.9 magnitude quake which struck at midday on Saturday.

Apr 25, 2015

Terror and panic in Kathmandu as deadly quake struck

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepalese tourist guide Naba Raj Amgai had just returned home from a mountain-biking trip when his home in the capital Kathmandu began to shake, sending a fridge and television smashing to the ground.

He and his wife bolted for the stairs. Outside, his neighbors were pouring onto the street, shouting and crying.

Apr 25, 2015

Quake triggers Everest avalanche, eight people killed

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A major earthquake in Nepal on Saturday unleashed an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least eight people and raising fears for other climbers on the world’s highest peak, a tourism ministry official said.

The avalanche buried part of the base camp for climbers bound for Everest, according to Gyanendra Shrestha at the ministry in Kathmandu. “The toll could go up, it may include foreigners as well as sherpas (guides),” he said.

Apr 25, 2015

Buildings collapse, at least four killed as 7.9 quake hits Nepal, India-witnesses

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday causing buildings to collapse, injuring many and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said.

The initial unconfirmed death toll was at least four but could be expected to rise significantly as Kathmandu’s decrepit buildings, crisscrossed by narrow alleys, are home to large families. A 1934 quake of magnitude 8.3 in the impoverished Himalayan nation killed over 8,500 people.

Apr 19, 2015

Hughes’ bat, jerseys head to Mount Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Chhurim Sherpa began her journey for a third ascent to Mount Everest on Sunday but this time some odd items were also part of her climbing gear.

Chhurim, who is the first woman to climb the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit twice in a week, will take a cricket bat and two jerseys belonging to deceased Australian cricketer Phil Hughes to the summit as a mark of tribute to the player.

Apr 19, 2015

Cricket-Hughes’ bat, jerseys head to Mount Everest

KATHMANDU, April 19 (Reuters) – Chhurim Sherpa began her journey for a third ascent to Mount Everest on Sunday but this time some odd items were also part of her climbing gear.

Chhurim, who is the first woman to climb the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit twice in a week, will take a cricket bat and two jerseys belonging to deceased Australian cricketer Phil Hughes to the summit as a mark of tribute to the player.

Apr 13, 2015

Nepal clears $1.6 bln hydropower project by China’s Three Gorges

KATHMANDU, April 13 (Reuters) – Nepal’s investment board on
Monday cleared China’s Three Gorges International Corp
to build a long-delayed $1.6 billion new hydropower
project, the single biggest foreign investment in the Himalayan
country.

The dam, to be built on the West Seti river in northwest
Nepal, will generate 750 megawatts (MW) of power when complete,
board official Ghanashyam Ojha told Reuters.