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Seven People Missing After Avalanche Strikes In Nepal

Seven trekkers, including four South Koreans, have gone missing in Nepal's northwest Himalayan region after an avalanche hit their trail.

The area where the avalanche struck the group, which included three local guides, is estimated to be about 150 km northwest of capital Kathmandu, according to the officials.

The avalanche was triggered by heavy rain and snowfall, they said.

"Four of our Korean clients, who were trekking in the Annapurna region are not in contact and are missing since an avalanche struck them on Friday," Sandesh Pandey, who runs the tour company which organised the hike, told Reuters.

Mount Annapurna in northwest Nepal is the world's tenth highest mountain and its base camp is popular with thousands of trekkers who visit annually.

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