Ever­est claims 13 lives

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KATH­MANDU, Nepal — The death toll from Mount Ever­est’s dead­li­est avalanche on record rose to 13 Satur­day as an­other body was pulled out of the snow. Three people are still miss­ing. Seven sur­vivors were res­cued af­ter the avalanche Fri­day.

The avalanche hit as the group of climb­ing guides was as­cend­ing from the base camp to Camp 1.

Ev­ery year, be­fore the climb­ing sea­son be­gins in May, guides make an ini­tial trip up the moun­tain to set up tents and lay up food and other equip­ment for climbers. The dead were em­ploy­ees from five dif­fer­ent trekking com­pa­nies. More than 4,000 people have sum­mit­ted the moun­tain since the first as­cent in 1953; 400 have died try­ing.

— Deutsche Presse-Agentur

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