(English) Everest toll climbs 13, three still missing

rescueKATHMANDU, Nepal–The death toll in the deadliest avalanche on Mt Everest climbed to 13 with rescuers recovering one more body of a Sherpa from the incident site, Saturday afternoon.

Madhusudan Burlakoti, spokesperson at Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, said Dorjee Khatri’s body was recovered and search for the other missing is under way.

Pemba Tenji Sherpa, Aash Bahadur Gurung and Tenzing Chhotar Sherpa are still missing.
Officials see slim chances of finding three more, who have gone missing in the debris, alive.

Rescuers had recovered twelve bodies Friday noon.

Under-secretary at the ministry Krishna Lamsal informed that six icefall doctors and nearly 40 support staff of the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee have headed to the avalanche site to refix the ladders and ropes damaged by the avalanche.  Lamsal also informed that it will take few days to refix the ladders and ropes on the route.

Six bodies of the deceased were airlifted to Kathmandu and handed over to their kin after post-mortem while relatives received seven more bodies from Lukla area on Friday evening.

In the meantime, American Alpine Club said it has set up a fund to support the families of the deceased.


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