Nepal avalanche kills 9, 4 missing

Sept. 23, 2012 at 8:09 AM

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Rescue crews in north central Nepal Sunday searched for four missing climbers caught in an avalanche that killed at least nine Europeans, officials said.

The massive snow slide happened around 9 a.m. local time and covered up two climbing camps on Manaslu Mountain in the district of Gorkha, Nepalnews.com said.

Police said the nine known victims were tourists from France and Germany, but their identities weren't released.

Three helicopters were deployed in the rescue operation at an altitude of more than 20,000 feet, the report said.

Crews were able to rescue 12 people from the camps, police said.

There was no immediate indication if further slides were likely.

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