Avalanche Kills 9 Climbers, Six Others Missing

KATMANDU, Nepal (September 23, 2012)--An avalanche swept away climbers Sunday on a Himalayan peak in Nepal, leaving at least nine dead and six others missing, officials said.

A police official says the bodies of a Nepalese guide and German man were recovered and that rescue pilots have spotted seven other bodies on the slopes of Mount Manaslu in northern Nepal.

The mountain is the eighth highest in the world.

Ten other members of the team survived the avalanche, but many were injured.

Weather conditions were deteriorating and it was not possible to continue air searches of the mountain on Sunday.

The identities of the victims were still being confirmed.

The avalanche hit the climbers at a camp at 22,960 feet as they were preparing to head toward the 26,760-foot summit of the peak.

It is currently the beginning of Nepal's autumn mountaineering season.


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