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Sherpa community mourns for those killed in Everest's avalanche

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 01:20

April 21 - Nepalese march in honor of the Sherpas who were killed in Friday's avalanche on Mount Everest. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Heartache and sorrow fill the air in Nepal where families mourn the deaths of Sherpas who were killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest. As monks and sherpas play traditional music, honoring the at least 13 who were killed, people march with banners bearing the faces of those killed or missing. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ALPINE ASCENT NEPAL TEAM MEMBER VERN TEJAS, SAYING: "I believe that this is going to have a great effect on the families. They've lost their breadwinners, they've lost their their husbands, their fathers, their sons and it is going to have a very serious effect in the community as well as the family. Great loss for everyone." The avalanche swept the Khumbu Icefall on Friday. It is the deadliest accident ever on Mount Everest. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ALPINE ASCENT NEPAL TEAM MEMBER VERN TEJAS, SAYING: "It's a huge accident. It's a terrible thing to start the season with. I think it's going to impact climbing for the years to come in the Himalayas." Shocked and demoralized by the accident, some have called for Everest to be closed this year as a mark of respect for the dead. Others oppose a closure because the expeditions are their main livelihood. The government said it was up to the sherpas to decide.

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Sherpa community mourns for those killed in Everest's avalanche

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 01:20