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Everest death toll rises to 13

April 20 , 2014

Everest death toll rises to 13

Death toll in the Everest avalanche rose to 13 on Saturday after rescuers recovered body of another Nepali mountaineering worker.

Rescue team recovered the body of Dorjee Khatri of Lelep VDC-9 in Taplejung district. His body has already been airlifted to Kathmandu. 

Bodies of 12 mountaineering workers were recovered on Friday. Three other are still missing, while six others are injured. The injured are receiving treatment at different hospitals in Kathmandu.

Ten of the deceased are from Solukhumbu, two from Sankhuwasabha, and one from Taplejung. The bodies have already been handed over to family members for last rites, according to government officials.

The deceased have been identified as Mingma Nuru Sherpa of Namche-4 in Solukhumbu, Dorji Sherpa of Namche-9 in Solukhumbu, Ang Tshirig Sherpa of Namche-7, Nima Sherpa of Namche-9, Phurba Ongyal Sherpa of Khumjung-7, Lakpa Tenjing Sherpa of Khumjung-2, Chhiring Ongchu Sherpa of Khumjung-2, Then Dorjee Sherpa of Khumjung-7, , Phur Temba Sherpa of Yamphudin-9 in Sankhuwasbha, Ang Kaji Sherpa of Makalu-9 I Sankhuwasabha, Pasang Karma Sherpa of Jubing-5 and Asmang Tamang of Sotang-9 in Solukhumbu.

An avalanche at 5800 meters, below Camp I, swept away mountaineering workers of different expeditions at 6:30 am on Friday.
According to trekking and mountaineering section under tourism ministry, mountain guides of Nepal National Mountain Guide Associations (NNMGA), liaison officers, Nepal Army and Armed Police Force (APF) personnel and mountain guides and mountaineering staff of different expeditions were involved in rescue operation.

Meanwhile, the government has decided to provide compensation of Rs 40,000 each to next to kin of the deceased for final rites. Similarly, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) each have decided to provide Rs 50,000 to next to kin of the deceased and Rs 35,000 to the inured. Expedition Operators Association Nepal is providing Rs 25,000 to next to kin of the deceased and Rs 15,000 to the inured.