April 26, 2015 / 2:48 AM / 2 years ago

Seventeen bodies recovered in worst Everest disaster

KATHMANDU, April 26 (Reuters) - Seventeen bodies have been recovered on Mount Everest base camp after a severe earthquake on Saturday set off an avalanche, making it the deadliest disaster in the history of mountaineering on the world's highest peak.

Sixty-one people were injured when part of the base camp was engulfed by the snowslide, Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told Reuters.

A first helicopter took off from Kathmandu on Sunday morning to airlift the injured after flights were delayed by cloudy weather, Sherpa said. (Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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