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At least eight climbers from a South Korean ex­pe­di­tion have died on Nepal’s Mount Gurja af­ter their camp was dev­as­tated by a vi­o­lent snow­storm, of­fi­cials said Satur­day. The bod­ies of eight climbers -- four South Kore­ans and four Nepali guides -- were spot­ted among the wreck­age of their camp by a res­cue team early Satur­day morn­ing, but un­sta­ble and icy con­di­tions were ham­per­ing the search ef­fort. “We as­sume the in­ci­dent hap­pened be­cause of a snow­storm be­cause trees are bro­ken and the tents. Even the dead bod­ies are scat­tered,” po­lice spokesman Sailesh Thapa told AFP. Thapa said a ninth climber may also be miss­ing. A he­li­copter reached the site and man­aged to land just above the ex­pe­di­tion team’s camp, but were un­able to re­trieve any of the bod­ies. “Ev­ery­thing is gone, all the tents are blown apart. The con­di­tions were too icy to con­tinue the search,” pi­lot Sid­dartha Gu­rung told AFP. Gu­rung said a res­cue team would hope­fully re­turn to the camp on Sun­day, if con­di­tions im­proved. Wangchu Sherpa, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Trekking Camp Nepal, who or­ga­nized the ex­pe­di­tion, said they raised the alarm af­ter they had not heard from the team for nearly 24 hours.

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