Several dead in Mt. Everest avalanche

Mt. Everest avalanche
FILE - In this May 18, 2013 file photo released by mountain guide Adrian Ballinger of Alpenglow Expeditions, climbers make their way to the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, April 18, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. (AP Photo/Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian Ballinger, File)

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KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) – The world’s highest mountain has seen its deadliest-ever disaster today.

As Nepalese Sherpa guides worked to set up ropes for other climbers on Mount Everest, an avalanche swept down the climbing route. At least 12 of the guides were killed, and four others are missing. Several more were hurt.

An injured survivor told relatives that the path up the mountain was unstable just before the avalanche.

Hundreds of climbers, guides and support crews are at Everest’s base camp. They’ve been preparing to climb to the summit when weather conditions will be at their most favorable early next month. They’ve been setting up camps at higher altitudes, and guides have been fixing routes and ropes on the slopes above.

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