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Mount Everest Avalanche Death Toll Rises to 13, Xinhua Says

April 18 (Bloomberg) -- The death toll from an avalanche on Mount Everest in Nepal rose to 13 and most of those killed were local Sherpa guides, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The Khubuche area near Camp 1 of Mount Everest was hit by an avalanche at about 5:30 a.m. local time as the guides were making technical preparations for the climbing season starting next week, Xinhua said today, citing unnamed officials.

Eight people have been rescued while more than ten remained missing, according to Xinhua. Three helicopers were sent to the site as bad weather conditions hampered search and rescue operations, it said.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Jing Yang in Shanghai at jyang251@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Pratish Narayanan at pnarayanan9@bloomberg.net Allen Wan

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