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Huge avalanche hits Nepal’s Manaslu base camp on Sunday

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Oct 2, 2022

Less than a week after an avalanche injured dozens in Nepal, another massive avalanche hit Nepal’s Manaslu base camp on Sunday, ANI reported.

The news agency confirmed the incident by sharing a video recorded by Tashi Sherpa who was trying to climb the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters.

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In the video, we saw how the mega avalanche descended towards the base camp. The mountaineer further confirmed that a few tents were destroyed in the avalanche. But there has been no causality so far. He informed me that more than three dozen tents were destroyed by Sunday’s avalanche.

Due to this avalanche, several companies have canceled their expedition camps for the season. Last week’s avalanche not only injured many people, but also killed two. More than a dozen people were injured, including an Indian from base camp after the avalanche devastated just below Camp 4 on September 26, according to the Nepal Tourism Department.

It should be noted that the weather was not very favorable to mountaineers throughout the season. There have been repeated cases of avalanches this season. Over 400 permits have been issued by the Ministry of Tourism to climb Manaslu this year. But adverse weather conditions may not allow these climbers to use these permits this time.

An avalanche is basically a snow slide down a slope on a hill or mountain. Avalanches can have multiple reasons, ranging from excessive precipitation (or a decreasing snowpack), or as a result of external sources such as people, animals and earthquakes.

Large avalanches have the potential to catch and even move ice, rocks and trees. Factors causing avalanches could be heavy snowfall, increased human activities, wind direction, steep slopes, warm temperatures, snow layers and earthquakes.

For better information and early warnings before such type of avalanches, the Indian Army and the Defense Geoinformatics and Research Center (DGRE) have jointly installed the Avalanche Surveillance Radar. It is the first avalanche monitoring system of its kind in India and it was established in North Sikkimm in September this year.

With avalanches, this radar will help issue an early warning for landslides. This radar was made operational by the DGRE wing of the RRD.

(With ANI entries)

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