Nepal Annapurna: Search ends for surviving trekkers

Many survivors are severely frostbitten

Rescue teams in Nepal say that there are now no trekkers left stranded after completing their search for survivors of a devastating Himalayan storm.

It is unclear how many people may still be missing in the country’s worst-ever trekking disaster.

It is the fifth day that Nepalese army and private helicopters have been searching the trail.

Officials say the rescue effort grew harder on Sunday because of worsening weather.

At least 39 people are known to have died, and nearly 400 people have been rescued from the Annapurna trail.

There are currently three different lists of the dead and survivors, being run by the army, the home ministry and Nepal’s trekking association, and some people may have been counted twice. The authorities say they now want to create a single list.

Nepalese, Japanese, Israeli, Canadian, Indian, Slovak, Vietnamese and Polish trekkers are said to be among the dead.

Many survivors have been left with severe frostbite and will have to have limbs amputated.

The focus now is on recovering bodies buried in the snow, a government spokesman told the BBC.

 Rescue helicopters are again scouring the mountainsides

Rescue helicopters are again scouring the mountainsides


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