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Lighting kills 3 in Nepal, snow storm sweeps trekking route

February 19, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Lighting struck a mountain village in northeast Nepal killing at least three people while a snow storm on a popular trekking route struck a group of hikers, police said Thursday.

They said the lighting struck Waku village Wednesday night, killing the three. The village is just south of Mount Everest.

Separately, a snow storm on a trekking route caught a group of five Chinese and one Canadian hikers, also on Wednesday. They were rescued by local villagers and suffered only minor injuries.

They were on the popular Annapurna trekking route. It was early in the trekking season and not many trekkers were on the route.

Trekking season in Nepal’s mountains generally begins after the end of cold winter months when thousands of foreign trekkers venture on the trails.

In October last year, trekkers were caught in a snow blizzard in the same Annapurna area which left at least 43 trekkers and local guides dead.

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