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Mount Everest unconquered for first time in four decades

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LONDON — 2015 was the first year since 1974 in which not one a single person managed to reach the top of Mount Everest.

The year 2014 saw the highest death toll on Earth’s highest mountain with 24 people being killed in a single day in April following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal causing a massive avalanche. It was the deadliest day in the history of Mount Everest.

The Nepal earthquake killed more than 8,000 people across the country and injured more than 21,000 in 2014, The Telegraph reports. The failure of any climbers to reach the Himalayan summit in 2015 is partially due to the shutting of the mountain after the devastating earthquake.

The Nepal government was initially keen for mountaineers not to cancel their expeditions after the avalanche, but broken ladders on the mountain and a second quake in early May compelled the authorities to abandon the plans.


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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari





RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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