Snow and ice gave way in a massive avalanche Sunday in the world’s eight highest peak located near Nepal’s border with China. At least eight were killed yesterday and the search for the unaccounted climbers continues. Sumnima Udas reports live from Delhi with the latest on “Early Start” this morning.
Udas says information on the disaster is trickling in now. “We know that three helicopters went out this morning to try and bring back some of those bodies, and also to see if there were any other survivors,” Udas says. “We also know that 21 climbers were rescued between yesterday and today.” They are being treated in various hospitals in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. “Most of them are suffering from frost bite,” adds Udas.
Zoraida Sambolin asks Udas about the climbing conditions in Nepal, citing complaints made by climbers that it’s getting more dangerous. “The conditions are definitely changing in Nepal,” Udas confirms. “It’s a lot warmer,” and the snow is weaker. Udas explains that global warming is a major factor this, though there is no way of determining this.