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Nepal snowstorm kills nine climbers in Himalayas

Nine climbers are feared dead after a violent snowstorm destroyed their camp on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal. A five-member South Korean expedition team and four Nepali guides were at the base camp which is at the 3,500m high of Mount Gurja when the storm struck, police said on Saturday. A rescue helicopter at the scene confirmed seeing eight bodies in the ruins of the camp but was unable to stay due to bad conditions.

A ninth climber has yet to be found. Local media report that South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, the fastest person to summit the world’s 14 highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen, is among the dead. Mount Gurja which is 7,193m-high sits in Nepal’s Annapurna region, next to avalanche-prone Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh highest mountain.

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