Written by Kumudu Jayawardana
18 Apr, 2014 | 10:43 am
Helicopters have been dispatched to Mount Everest after an early morning avalanche, with climbers feared buried.
The avalanche struck around 06:45 local time (01:00GMT) in an area known as the “popcorn field”, just above Everest base camp at an elevation of 5,800m (19,000ft), an official told the BBC.
About five climbers were thought to have been buried, an official told the Associated Press news agency.
Everest is crowded with climbers ahead of peak season on the 8,850m summit.
Tourism Ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti told the BBC that three helicopters had been sent to the area to help in rescue efforts.
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