At least 17 international trekkers were pronounced dead on Tuesday after being trapped in heavy snowfall in the Himalayan Mountains. According to CNN, Nepal’s Annapurna region is mourning the loss of sherpas and visiting climbers after “one of the deadliest tragedies in the history of Nepal”.
Another five bodies were found in the neighboring Manang district.
Officials say more are presumed missing and that the death toll may rise as the search for bodies continues.
Tropical cyclone Hudhud in India that is thought to have caused unusual weather in Nepal. There was about 200-300% of the average precipitation seen in the region. Heavy mountain snow was blamed for some of the fatalities.
Over 100,000 foreigns visit Mount Everest and the neighboring regions each year for climbing expeditions.