The magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche that killed 17 people. A number of Canadian are in the Everest area and all are reported to be safe.
It’s the deadliest disaster in the history of climbing on the world’s highest peak. There were over 60 people injured and the 22 bodies have been recovered. Three Americans were among those killed, according to the State Department. Throughout Nepal, over 2,500 people have died from the earthquake.
There are an unknown number of climbers still missing. Some reports suggest up to 30 people have not been heard from.
Update: There are 217 climbers missing on Mount Everest.
There are around 100 climbers at camps one and two on Everest and all are safe. The route off the mountain, the Khumbu Icefall, has been destroyed and avalanches continue to cover the area with snow.
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Canadians Nancy Hansen and Raphael Slawinki are on separate expedition on the north side and both are reported to be safe. On the south side, climbers from Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have also reported back to family and friends that they are safe.
Dylan Sartor, a 19-year-old from Newmarket, Ont. who was trekking around Everest Basecamp touched base with Gripped and said, “Its messy here. Most towns and buildings have been abandoned, everyones sleeping in tents on higher grounds to avoid being hit. Walk ways to and from Everest have collapsed forcing people to use all old Sherpa paths. A lot of buildings have collapsed and everyone is headed down off the mountain. Im about a day ahead of the rush right now. On my way down today I saw a Korean team gearing up to start their climb.”
Sartor, who just spent eight months living in Sweden, is in Nepal traveling for five weeks: three volunteering in hospitals and two on Everest. “I think I may be needed back in Kathmandu to help with the injured so I wanna get down as soon as I can.”
Laying in tent trying to fall asleep but kept awake by rumble of another avi! Hoping for good weather tomorrow. http://t.co/OIFrpUu1Gl
— Jim Davidson (@ClimberJim) April 26, 2015
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Source: New York Times, Alan Arnette, CBC