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Fresh avalanches halt Nepal trekker rescue

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Published on January 20, 2020 - Duration: 00:54s

Fresh avalanches halt Nepal trekker rescue

Fresh avalanches have forced Nepal rescuers temporarily call off search for South Korean hikers.

Adam Reed reports

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Fresh avalanches halt Nepal trekker rescue

Rescuers in Nepal were forced to suspend their efforts on Monday (January 20) to find seven people, including four South Korean trekkers, after fresh avalanches hit the region where the group went missing last week.

Three Nepali guides were among the group struck by an avalanche on Friday (January 17) along the popular route at the base of Mount Annapurna.

Authorities say a military helicopter flew an army search and rescue team as well as sherpa climbers to the area, but a combination of bad weather, heavy snow, and frequent avalanches prevented them from landing -- leaving rescuers working out how best to proceed.

The winter trekking season in Nepal, home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains including Mount Everest, is set to draw to a close this month.

Despite the setback, officials have promised the search will continue when the weather improves.

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