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Nepal blames poor forecasts, lax rules for trek disaster

KATHMANDU

Nepal’s prime minister on Friday promised to set up an early weather warning system after at least 29 people were killed in a blizzard on a popular Himalayan trekking route, raising concerns that amateurs were ill prepared for such expeditions.

Nepal’s government blamed poor weather forecasts and lax regulation after the storm struck at high altitude on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, close to the world’s 10th highest mountain, stranding scores of foreign tourists and Nepali guides in waist-high snow with little shelter, reports Reuters.

At least 150 people were injured. A lack of records makes it difficult to calculate the number of missing Nepalis.

Nepal relies heavily on income from climbers and trekkers. The latest accident has renewed focus on the mountain sports industry after 16 Sherpas died in an avalanche on Mount Everest in April in the deadliest accident on the world’s highest peak.

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