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At least six dead in Mount Everest avalanche

An avalanche hit a group of climbers at an elevation of 19,000 feet.
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   April 18, 2014 at 1:47 AM

KATMANDU , Nepal, April 18 (UPI) -- Six people died Friday when a high-altitude avalanche swept Mount Everest.

An official told BBC News that six bodies had been found in an area of the mountain just above base camp -- an elevation of 19,000 feet.

Tilak Ram Pandey, a Nepalese tourism official with the mountaineering department, told CNN that 50 people, many of them Sherpa guides, were struck by the avalanche.

"Most of the climbers have been accounted for," he said. "Rescue teams have gone ... to look for the missing."

[BBC News, CNN]

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