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7 dead, 2 missing after storm hits Himalayan mountain in Nepal

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KATHMANDU, Nepal – Seven people, including South Korean mountaineers, were killed and two others missing on Gurja Himal after a strong storm swept through their base camp, Nepal's police said Saturday.

A storm on Friday destroyed their camp and two rescue helicopters sent on Saturday were unable to land on the mountain due to bad weather conditions, police officer Bir Bahadur Budamagar said.

Villagers who reached base camp on Saturday afternoon found the bodies of four South Korean climbers, two Nepali leaders, and another person to be identified while the search continued for two more, Budamagar said. There were five South Korean mountaineers and four Nepali leaders at the camp when the strong storm arrived.

It was unlikely that the weather would clear on Saturday and helicopter flights were probably only possible on Sunday.

A police team was on foot to base camp and will probably arrive there on Sunday, Budamagar said.

The mountaineers tried during the autumn climbing season to climb the 7,193-meter-high summit.

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