Up to 250 missing after avalanche hits Nepal trekking route

Up to 250 missing after avalanche hits Nepal trekking route
The Mount Everest south base camp in Nepal is seen a day after a huge earthquake-caused avalanche killed at least 17 people, in this photo courtesy of 6summitschallenge.com taken on April 26, 2015

KATHMANDU - Up to 250 people are missing in Nepal after an avalanche hit a village in Rasuwa district, a popular trekking area to the north of the capital Kathmandu, District Governor Uddhav Bhattarai said on Tuesday.

Foreign tourists may be among the missing in the avalanche, which hit the village of Ghodatabela. A powerful earthquake last Saturday with a magnitude of 7.9 set off many snowslides in the Himalayan state.

"This area is in a natural park, which is popular with tourists. We are trying to rescue them, but bad weather and rainfall is hampering efforts," Bhattarai told Reuters.

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