Hundreds of foreigners stranded in Everest region

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Heavy fog has halted flights from the only airstrip serving the area causing around 1500 foreign tourists stranding in the Everest region.

The hotels are running out of food because of the pressure. Hundreds of people are living in tents,” Utsab Kharel, manager of Tenzing-Hillary Airport in the small town of Lukla.

Around 500 travellers fly in and out of Lukla on a normal day when weather conditions are good. The fog was expected to clear up by Sunday, adding that those stranded included US, British and German tourists.

Nepal, a popular destination for mountaineers and trekkers, has eight of the world’s 14 tallest peaks over 8,000 metres, including the world’s highest, Mount Everest, at 8,848 metres (29,029 feet).

Flights in mountainous Nepal are often cancelled due to poor visibility caused by bad weather.

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