Avalanche triggered by quake kills one in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nov 28 (IANS) A high altitude worker was killed and a British mountaineer was injured in an avalanche triggered due to an earthquake early on Monday on Nepal’s Mt. Amadablam, an official said.

Lakpa Thindhu Sherpa, 45, was killed when he was hit by a rock in the head, Umesh Pandey, Chief District Officer of Solukhambu district, told media.

Sherpa is a Nepali citizen while the British national was identified as Ciaran Hill.

“The injured British mountaineer has been airlifted to Kathmandu and is undergoing treatment at a local hospital,” Pandey said.

The avalanche hit when the expedition team was heading from camp III to camp II.

Nepal was hit by an earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale on Monday, forcing people to come out on roads in panic.

Some houses reportedly collapsed in Kaski district following the quake.

The country has been witnessing a series of aftershocks followed by last year’s deadly earthquake on April 25 that killed nearly 9,000 people in the Himalayan nation.

The epicentre of the quake was on latitude 27.79 north and longitude 86.5 east, according to the National Seismological Centre (NSC).

The tremors were felt in Kathmandu, mid- and east Nepal as well as the northeast region in India.

–IANS

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