Search Widens for Nepal Blizzard Survivors
Rescue teams have reached many missing trekkers, even as the death toll mounts from a deadly blizzard and avalanches.
The death toll continues to mount following a deadly blizzard and avalanches in Nepal's Himalaya, but by Friday, hundreds of missing trekkers had been rescued.
At least 28 people have died in the blizzard and avalanches that struck Nepal on Tuesday, according to the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The Nepalese Tourism Ministry reports that 23 bodies had been recovered by Thursday.
In a statement promising continued rescue efforts, the ministry offered "deep condolences to the families and the relatives of the deceased who lost their lives in [these] unfortunate natural calamities."
The blizzard struck during normally mild October weather that draws thousands of tourists to Nepal for weeks-long hiking trips through the Himalaya.
Helicopter and walking teams had rescued some 219 tourist and