15 October 2014: 21 trekkers died due to severe snow in the Annapurna Circuit today. Severe snow in the Himalayas ofÂ central Nepal is reported to have killed at least 21 people out of which wereÂ foreigners.
The highest number of deaths – two Israelis, two Poles and eight Nepalese – happened when a blizzard hit a point on the Annapurna Circuit.
Scores of trekkers remain out of contact while returning from an Annapurna Circuit pass. Meanwhile five more climbers are presumed dead after an avalanche in nearby Manang district. Officials say four were from Canada and one from India.
Three Nepalese farmers have also been killed in a separate avalanche in the same area. Severe rain and snowstorms in Nepal appear to have been triggered by Cyclone Hudhud in neighboring India.