Nepal Earthquake Crews Race to Rescue Climbers on Mount Everest

The death toll from earthquake, avalanche has topped 4,000.

ByABC NEWS
April 28, 2015, 6:06 AM

— -- Crews battled shifting weather conditions as they raced to rescue the remaining Mount Everest climbers stranded by Saturday’s deadly avalanche.

According to International Mountain Guides, a helicopter was able to recover gear from Camp 1, as well as the remaining climbers, after the fog lifted today, the first favorable weather since the earthquake and avalanche.

More than 150 climbers, trapped with no other way off the mountain, were rescued today by helicopter, IMG said.

The death toll from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake has climbed above 4,300, and could go much higher if it turns out that vulnerable mountain villages — where information is still scarce and rescue workers are still struggling to reach — were hit hard.

At least 18 others were killed in the avalanche, officials said.

PHOTO: Thai military rescue team members board a plane at a military airport in Bangkok, Thailand, to assist in earthquake relief, April 28, 2015.
Thai military rescue team members board a plane at a military airport in Bangkok, Thailand, to assist in earthquake relief, April 28, 2015.
Sakchai Lalit/AP Photo

The disasters have created huge humanitarian need. About 1.4 million people are in need of immediate help following the earthquake, according to the World Food Program.

WFP emergencies officer Geoff Pinnock says it has identified eight places that are in need of critical help and "our focus is on relief operations in those places."

Those areas in Gorkha district, where the earthquake was centered, are Ghyachol, Saurpani, Warpak, Larpak, Gundra, Lapa, Kashigaun and Kerauja.

PHOTO: A view of the Kathmandu airport two days after the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 27, 2015.
A view of the Kathmandu airport two days after the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 27, 2015. Chaos has reigned at Kathmandu's small airport since the earthquake, with the onslaught of relief flights causing major backups on the tarmac.
Altaf Qadri/AP Photo

In Kathmandu, houses across the city were damaged and flattened, with thousands upon thousands of people left homeless. Many streets are impassible, filled not only with rubble but with the injured.

Thousands of people are fleeing Kathmandu, unwilling to go into any building, fearing the effects of another aftershock.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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