Himalayan avalanche kills five in India

An avalanche in a Himalayan region of northern India killed at least five villagers on Wednesday when their houses were buried under heavy snow, officials said.

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013, 6:36pm

Avalanche deaths might be victims of China-Tibet tensions

A helicopter lifts avalanche survivors to safety on Mount Manaslu on Sunday. Photo: AP

The climbers killed in a weekend avalanche in the Himalayas were part of a crush of mountaineers who came to the peak in Nepal because of heightened tensions between Chinese authorities and Tibetans.

China rejected climbing permits for mountaineers hoping to scale peaks in the Tibetan Himalayas, forcing many to crowd onto mountains in Nepal, according to alpine companies.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Nepal avalanche survivors recount chilling last minutes on 'Killer Peak'

The bodies of tourists killed during an avalanche in Mount Manaslu. At least three more climbers have yet to be found. Photo: Reuters

Huddled in their sleeping bags, the climbers first heard the avalanche roar towards them and then the sound of screaming before being swept hundreds of metres down the slopes of "Killer Mountain".

Survivors of the weekend tragedy on Nepal's Manaslu mountain, which killed at least nine people, said the scene resembled a war zone, with an entire camp destroyed by snow.

25 Sep 2012 - 3:42am

Nepal avalanche sweeps away climbers

A tourist is rescued by a helicopter after an avalanche on Mount Manaslu in Gorkha village, Kathmandu, Nepal, on sunday. Photo: EPA

Rescue helicopters flew over the high slopes of a northern Nepal peak again on Monday to search for climbers lost in an avalanche that killed at least nine foreign mountaineers.

26 Sep 2012 - 10:31am

The great ungroomed

There comes a time in every snow-sport-lover's life when they have to step off the trail. They've conquered the snow plough and parallel turn with ease and carved up the groomed runs across the resorts. They may even have tackled ungroomed snow on dedicated black-run terrain and the steeps and tree runs of the infamous double black diamond offerings in North America.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Since I Left You


Australians. Nice bunch, generally. Laid back. Good at barbecues. Like beer. Really, really funky . . .

29 Jun 2001 - 12:00am


From a small group of volunteers working in a tiny office in London, Amnesty International has grown to become the world's largest voluntary organisation dealing with human rights. Today, it has more than one million members and supporters in more than 100 countries.

18 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Unsafe slopes threaten 400 schools, survey shows

Nearly 400 schools are threatened by dangerous slopes, a report shows.

They would cost about $800 million to repair, said the Geotechnical Engineering Office, which is investigating the condition of hillsides and has signed a $91 million contract with a firm to repair 19 slopes.

25 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Inclement weather

It's the season, it would seem, of the disaster movie. Maybe it is to coincide with the release of Twister, from the producers of Jurassic Park and the director of Speed - a preview of which can be seen tonight, The Making Of Twister (Pearl, 11.25pm) - or perhaps it is to do with the inclement weather at this time of year, a preview of which you can see, as I write, through any window.

23 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Collapsed wall showed no defects in check

THE Kennedy Town wall that collapsed on Saturday night, covering at least six people in an avalanche of mud, last month showed no defects in a routine work inspection.

The Secretary for Works, James Blake, said yesterday a departmental investigation had already begun to find the cause of the landslide.

25 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Caramba pick of Moore's big team

WITH the jockey-trainer partnership of Basil Marcus and David Hill climbing to the top of their respective premierships with winners galore, it must seem like shovelling snow off a descending avalanche for the other camps involved.

9 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

Avalanche toll

ANKARA: Rescuers have recovered 53 bodies from the snow in avalanche-hit Ozengili village in northeastern Turkey, the semi-official Anatolian news agency said yesterday. Three villagers were thought to still be trapped.

20 Jan 1993 - 12:00am