A high drama on Everest

May 1, 2015

A body bag containing the body of a climber is carried from a helicopter in the Himalayan tourist town of Lukla April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Frank Jack Daniel

After the series of earthquakes that began Saturday in Nepal, more than 6,000 people are dead. The expectations are for thousands more bodies to be found as the wreckage is scoured, probably surpassing the record 8,500 who died when a massive quake hit the region in 1934. That is not counting the millions of Nepalis who are homeless and in need of shelter and aid, or the thousands, up to 1,000 of them Europeans, who are still missing.

A security camera captured a monument collapsing in Kathmandu as the quake hit and an amateur video shows a landslide crumbling over Nepal’s mountains. Today, the last climbing group that was poised at base camp on Mount Everest called off the climb, a decision that came way too late, according to one of the millionaire participants.

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