Death toll climbs to at least 13 in worst tragedy on Everest
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 01:23
April 19 - The bodies of some of the sherpas killed in an avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest are handed over to families as the search for the missing continues. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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They wait outside a morgue to take their loved one homes.
At least 13 sherpas died after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, in the deadliest accident ever on the world's highest mountain. The search goes on with three still missing.
Many also work as sherpas, and they want the season to end now.
(SOUNDBITE) (Nepali) JYAGBA SHERPA SAYING:
"With yesterday's huge avalanche, in my opinion, I would feel better if all the expeditions for this year are canceled because 15 to 20 people have been killed. It would be in respect for them. If all the climbing sherpas were to do this, it would solve the problem. Plus the Nepal government should try to convince the expedition team and trekking teams as well."
The sherpas were caught in an ice slide as they were carrying equipment from Base Camp to Camp 1.
Witnesses said house-sized ice blocks came tumbling down in the first major avalanche of this year's climbing season.
Everest has been scaled by more than 4,000 climbers. About 250 climbers have died on the mountain, which is on the border between Nepal and the Chinese region of Tibet and can be climbed from both sides.
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