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18 Jan 2020 | 10:41 AM UTC

Nepal: Avalanche hits trekking route near Mount Annapurna January 17

At least seven trekkers missing following avalanche near Mount Annapurna January 17; rescue efforts ongoing

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Event

At least seven people have been reported missing after an avalanche triggered by heavy rain and snowfall swept through the Annapurna circuit on Friday afternoon (local time), January 17. According to government officials, 30 trekkers have been rescued as of Saturday, January 18, and rescue efforts remain ongoing.

Further avalanches, landslides, and power outages are possible in the area over the coming days, as well as associated transportation and business disruptions.

Advice

Individuals in the region are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm road conditions and flight reservations before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.