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Search for trekkers in Nepal to be called off

The search for trekkers who were caught up in avalanches and blizzards in Nepal is to be called off, local authorities have said.

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Nepal mountain blizzard claims at least 38 lives

A rescue helicopter has spotted nine more bodies on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from a series of snow storms and avalanches.

The bodies were seen from the air in Dolpa district, but the steep terrain made it impossible for the helicopter to land, according to Yadav Koirala from Katmandu's Disaster Management Division.

Mr Koirala said the helicopter picked up three survivors and rescuers on foot would be sent to the area to retrieve the bodies.

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