The earthquake that ravaged parts of Nepal on Saturday triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest that had killed 17 people as of Saturday night, according to police.
The rush of ice and snow swept through the base camp where climbers were preparing to ascend the world’s highest peak, expedition operators said.
In this photograph taken on April 25, a cloud of snow and debris triggered by an earthquake flies towards Everest base camp, moments ahead of flattening part of the camp in the Himalayas.
The extent of casualties on the mountain was unclear because communications were disrupted across Nepal by the quake, whose epicenter was 135 miles west of Everest.
In this photograph taken on April 25, rescuers carry a Nepali guide injured by an avalanche that flattened parts of Everest base camp.
Rescue team personnel carried an injured person towards a rescue helicopter at Everest base camp on April 26.
A view of the Everest Base Camp on Sunday, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp.
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