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Students rescued in Himalayas due back next week

Students from the Holt School in Wokingham became trapped during flash floods in the Himalayas Credit: ITV Meridian

A group of students from Berkshire who were rescued in the Himalayas after they became trapped by flash floods are due to fly home on Tuesday.

Twenty pupils and three teachers from the Holt School in Wokingham were trekking in the Ladakh region when they were caught in torrential rain.

They were airlifted to safety.

Brighton man presumed missing in Himalayas gets in contact with his family

Helicopters have been sent in to help with the search for survivors Credit: ITV NEWS

It's been reported a man from Brighton who was presumed missing following avalanches in the Himalayas has been in contact with his family. Peter Roddis was on the official missing persons list. At least thirty nine people are known to have died following blizzards in Nepal.


Fears grow for missing climbers as rescue operation scaled back

Rescue operations in the Himalayas, where hundreds of trekkers were caught in blizzards and avalanches, have been scaled back as most of those stranded have now been picked up.

At least 38 tourists and Nepalese died, but it is feared that the final toll could be considerably higher when more bodies are recovered from the snow.

About 40 people remain unaccounted for and the families of several British trekkers are still awaiting news of their relatives.

Among those missing is Peter Roddis, an engineer from Brighton.

But the family of Jade House, an English teacher from Liphook in Hampshire, has been found safe, along with her boyfriend Oliver de Paolis.

There had been fears for their safety, but they made contact with family yesterday.

Jade House from Liphook and boyfriend Oliver de Paolis have been found safe Credit: Facebook

The Foreign Office said it was working with authorities in Nepal to account for every Briton believed to be in the area, but a spokeswoman said it was not aware of any British casualties.

The upper section of the popular Annapurna circuit, where the hikers were caught, was closed on Sunday.

Thousands of trekkers flock to the area in October, when conditions are usually ideal, but the tail end of a cyclone brought unseasonal weather to the Himalayas last week.

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More bodies spotted at Annapurna trail

The death toll in a blizzard that engulfed trekkers on Nepal's popular Annapurna trail in the Himalayas has risen to 39, police and army sources said.

A survivor of the blizzard suffers from a frostbite. Credit: Reuters

"We have spotted nine new bodies today," said Govinda Pathak, police head in the district of Mustang. "We could not retrieve them because of bad weather conditions and snowfall. I can confirm that the toll is 39 now."

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Three Britons found after Nepal mountain blizzard

Helicopters have been sent in to help with the search for survivors. Credit: ITV News

Three British trekkers caught in a deadly blizzard in Nepal's Himalayan mountains are now thought to be safe but the whereabouts of three others is still unknown.

Duncan Hedges, Katie Francis, and Lizi Hamer were reported missing after a blizzard caused avalanches which killed at least 30 people.

A friend of Ms Hamer posted a message on Facebook confirming she was safe: "Lizi says they missed the storm and are going to be back next week. They're out of reach due to poor signal".

The Foreign Office says it has been contacted by concerned families who've not heard from their relatives in days - but has no information of any British casualties.

Brighton man reported to be missing in the Himalayas

At least 29 people died on mountains in the Himalayas Credit: ITV News

A man from Brighton is thought to be one of six Britons missing in the Himalayas following horrific blizzards and avalanches which led to at least 29 deaths earlier this week.

The Foreign Office confirmed they had been contacted by concerned families who have not heard from their relatives in days.

A spokeswoman said they had been in close touch with the Nepalese authorities but have not been informed of any British casualties.

The Times newspaper reported that a number of British people are unaccounted for, including engineer Peter Roddis.

Lisa Hallet, the girlfriend of Mr Roddis, reportedly from Brighton, said she had last spoken to him on Wednesday.

Rescuers have pulled out more than 230 trekkers - most of them foreigners since rescue efforts began on Wednesday, and are still searching for more survivors, who are believed to be stranded in lodges and huts. Hiking remains difficult because of waist-deep snow.

The Nepalese government has announced a high level committee with two senior ministers to monitor and co-ordinate rescue efforts in what is shaping up to be the country's worst mountaineering tragedy.