Four Israeli trekkers among Nepal blizzard death toll

The Annapurna mountain range in Nepal. Credit: Leridant via Wikimedia Commons.

( At least 43 trekkers died in the aftermath of a blizzard and avalanche in Nepal’s Annapurna mountain range, including four Israelis. Michal Gili Charkesky, a 36-year-old Israeli woman who had gone missing, was confirmed dead on Monday.

A plane carrying seven Israelis injured in Nepal arrived at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Sunday. Additionally, Israel-based Harel Insurance chartered a helicopter to rescue stranded Israeli trekkers. 

Nadav Khalifa, who coordinated Harel’s efforts in the region, told Israel Hayom that his team “tried to rescue all the Israelis who were stranded at high elevations; we managed to bring them down with the helicopter, we rescued 40 on Friday and another 20 a day earlier.”

Professor Avraham Rivkind, head of the Shock Trauma Unit at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, treated the Israeli trekkers who arrived at the hospital.

“The majority of the patients suffer from frostbite and other related injuries; one was treated for fractures. … We expect a long recovery period, and only then will we be ready to assess the state of the internal organs,” Rivkind said.

The Israel Defense Forces and the Magen David Adom emergency services organization also dispatched relief teams to Nepal.

Posted on October 20, 2014 .