Govt to rush team to rescue Bengal mountaineers


Kolkata: The state government has declared that a rescue team will be leaving for Nepal on Monday to evacuate the stranded mountaineers of Bengal at the Everest base camp. The team will include renowned mountaineers Debashis Nandi, Biplab Baidya and Rajeev Bhattacharya.

As death toll surges past 3000 in Nepal with rains hindering rescue operation, the condition in the quake hit Everest base camp is deplorable.

An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Mount Everest on Saturday, an army spokesman said, after a massive earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the world’s tallest mountain at the start of the main climbing season.

Nepal’s Tourism Ministry could only confirm 10 deaths, but spokesman Gyanendra Shrestha said the death toll could rise, and that the avalanche had buried part of the base camp. He said two tents at the camp had been filled with the injured.

One of those killed was Dan Fredinburg, a Google engineer based in California.