Hope fading for finding Nepal avalanche victims alive

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Hope fading for finding Nepal avalanche victims alive

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The search for more survivors of the avalanche on Nepal’s Mount Manaslu has been suspended.

Six people are still believed to be missing after snow deluged two campsites in the early hours of Sunday morning, killing at least nine people.

Survivors have been recounting their stories, including Silvio Mondinelli who has climbed 14 of the world’s highest peaks.

“At about 4.30, 4.15, we woke up and heard the wind blowing. Later we felt some snow on our tent. Then the tent was covered and we started sliding down, then after 10-15 seconds we stopped. Our friend’s tent was very close to us. We are alive and he is dead,” Mondinelli said.

Mount Manaslu is 8,163 metres high.

One of the two camps hit was at 6,600 metres and the other was 500 metres below.

Many of the 10 wounded people have been flown to hospitals for treatment, but rescuers are losing hope of finding the missing mountaineers alive.