Twelve Americans were rescued Monday from a mountainous region that was the scene of Nepal’s deadliest avalanche in four decades. Twenty-two people were confirmed dead and three were missing.
The avalanche struck eastern Nepal near Mt. Everest on Friday night, engulfing three lodges where 26 people were staying - 13 Japanese, their 11 Nepalese guides and the two Nepalese lodge owners. One Nepalese guide survived.
Twelve Americans trapped in the same area by heavy snow were rescued by government helicopters near Panga, a village in a valley on the southern face of Everest.