2016 Photo Contest, Spot News, Stories, 2nd prize



Roberto Schmidt

26 April, 2015

Tibetan prayer flags flutter in the wind as a rescue helicopter evacuates people severely injured in the avalanche.

A massive avalanche, triggered by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, descended on the southern Everest Base Camp, killing over 20 people and injuring scores more. Other climbers were stranded at camps further up the mountain, having lost secure descent routes. Strong aftershocks, bad weather, and inaccessibility of terrain hampered rescue efforts, while survivors feared further avalanches. The first rescue helicopters arrived some 18 hours after the avalanche.

About the photographer

Roberto Schmidt

Roberto Schmidt is a Colombian/German photographer based in New Delhi, India, where he is the chief photographer for South Asia for Agence France-Presse (AFP).   Born in Bogo...

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