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UPDATE: 12 dead, 3 missing after avalanche on Mount Everest

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- At least nine tourist guides are dead, and three more are missing after an avalanche on Mount Everest.  Two people are injured.

Rescuers are still trying to find some of the Sherpa guides are still missing and believed to be buried in the snow.

This is the deadliest recorded disaster in Mount Everest's history.  The previous one was in 1996 when a snowstorm killed eight climbers.

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KATMANDU, Nepal (WKOW) -- Six local tourist guides are dead and nine more are missing after an avalanche on Mount Everest.

A Nepalese tourism officials says the avalanche swept a route used to ascend the world's highest peak. It hit just below Mount Everest Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m. Friday local time.

Some Sherpa guides are still unaccounted for and believed to be buried in the snow.

The tourism officials says the guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for climbers.

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