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At least 11 die in avalanche

Chirendra Satyal, Kathmandu

September 24, 2012

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At least 11 people were confirmed dead today following a weekend avalanche on Mount Manaslu. Rescuers are continuing to search for the last few remaining climbers caught up in the disaster. Seven French climbers were confirmed among the dead after an avalanche crashed into a camp 7,000 ms. up on the world’s eighth highest peak at about 4am local time yesterday. Two Germans also died along with a Spaniard and a Nepalese. Reports on local television put the toll as high as 13 today but these could not be verified with reports later saying three people remained missing including two French nationals and a Canadian doctor. A spokesman for the Trekking Agencies Association Nepal said the death toll was expected to rise despite the rescue of a number of climbers today.
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