posted at 07:50
Author Name: Paavan Mathema
Nepal rescuers find 34 more trekkers, 12 bodies after snowstorm
Rescuers using helicopters found the bodies buried in the highly popular Annapurna Circuit trekking route hit by the storm, with the total number of those confirmed or feared dead put at 40. Rescuers pressed on with their search for bodies that they have seen from the air but have so far been unable to retrieve, said the Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal, an industry group. Three bodies were found early Sunday and another nine - all Nepalese support staff for trekkers - late in the day on different sections of the circuit, the association's Ramesh Dhamala told AFP. Searches would resume on Monday to retrieve more bodies along with any more survivors, he said. Search efforts were initially focused Sunday on an area of the circuit in Manang where two bodies were found and where more were feared buried, another association official told AFP. "A team of experts dug through snow to recover bodies of two Indians at Nar-Phu area," said the association's Machendra Acharya. A third body was discovered in Letdar, higher up the circuit at 4,200 metres. The nine bodies of the Nepalese were pulled from Sangda-La pass, higher still at 5,490 metres.

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