The avalanche triggered at Mount Everest by Nepal’s worst hit earthquake has taken at least 17 lives, reports The Guardian. Amidst all the rescue efforts, dramatic footage of a huge snowstorm swallowing an entire base camp has been released on YouTube. The video is taken by one of the survivors of the avalanche, and it shows the entire base camp go from being relaxed, to panic stricken within two-minutes. Also Read - Facebook activates Safety Check in Kolkata after Majherhat Bridge collapseAlso Read - Facebook activates Safety Check for people affected by Kerala flash floods
The video has been posted by German climber Jost Kobusch, and it shows a group of climbers at the base camp. A base camp is where people assemble before they ascend on their journey. The group was relaxed when they suddenly feel the ground shaking and within no time, a huge storm of snow swallows the entire base camp burying it in snow. Kobusch’s panicked voice indicates that he hid inside the tent with a fellow climber saving himself from the wrath. After the avalanche passed, the entire scene that consisted of yellow tents was now transformed into just piles of white snow. Also Read - Storms in India: 10,000 people marked safe on Facebook safety tool
Almost 5,000 people have been injured and potentially millions have been displaced in the worst natural disaster to hit Nepal in more than 80 years. Rescue operations have intensified and international aid has begun to pour in. India has introduced Operation Maitri, a relief aid initiative for this purpose. It has sent planes with relief aid and is also bringing back people to safety.
Even the Internet and social media have pushed out tools to make it easier for people to connect. Google has activated the People Finder, and Facebook has introduced its new feature called Safety Check in Nepal, to help find missing people.