Three more missing – avalanche accident in the Himalayas: 26 climbers dead

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At least 26 climbers were killed in an avalanche accident in the Himalayas on Tuesday. Three people are still missing, an Indian civil defense worker said Friday. Salvage operations on Draupadi Ka Danda II (pictured above) were still underway and hampered by bad weather.

The avalanche struck the mountain team at an altitude of more than 5,000 meters, just as they were descending. Team leader Nayab Subedar Anil Kumar told local NDTV that most of his team’s 42 climbers took refuge in a crevice during the avalanche.

The weather in the Himalayas is generally worse in autumn and winter and the risk of avalanches is greater than in spring. In the spring, as a rule, more climbers climb the mountains.

Source: Krone

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