Canadian Deaths in Nepal’s Avalanche, Blizzard Reaches 4

Four Canadian trekkers were among the 12 people deceased on a mountain pass near Nepal’s Annapurna range after Cyclone Hudhud triggered blizzards and avalanches that battered the Himalayas. Out of the four, three Canadians were trekking with a small Kathmandu outfitter affiliated with a Montreal travel agency, while the fourth was travelling with another Nepalese trekking firm. Additionally, three other Canadians were also trekking in the same area but were successfully rescued and airlifted back to Kathmandu.

An employee of the Montreal agency refused to comment on the situation by saying that “we have families to contact and reassure,” adding that the agency might issue a statement later on Wednesday afternoon. The Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal has deployed two helicopters for rescue work and confirmed later that four Canadians died along with an Indian trekker in an avalanche in Manang district, northeast of Kathmandu. Additionally, TAAN confirmed to have retrieved five bodies.

An administrator in Manang district, Devendra Lamichhane, added that a helicopter pilot has located bodies of the Canadians but could not get close. He alleged that “it’s very difficult for pilot. There’s very heavy snowfall. It’s very, very difficult geography,” adding that “today we tried to send police and they could not get there. It is very, very difficult terrain.” He explained that The Nepalese army will try to send a helicopter on Thursday morning but “we had lots of problems due to the weather. We are still searching and trying to help people.”

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