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Death toll from Nepal quake-triggered Everest avalanche rises to 19; most victims identified

Mountaineering officials say the death toll from an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by last weekend's massive earthquake in Nepal has risen to 19, including two climbers from the United States and one each from China, Australia and Japan.

The Nepal Mountaineering Association said Wednesday the 14 other victims were Nepalese Sherpa guides.

The avalanche swept across Everest's basecamp area, injuring dozens of people.

The association identified the American victims as Daniel Fredinburg and Marisa Eve Girawong. It said Ge Zhenfang was from China, Renu Fotedar from Australia and Hiroshi Yamagata from Japan.

It said only 10 of the 14 Sherpa guides have been identified so far.

Mountaineering companies say all climbers have left the Nepal side of Everest and the climbing season is over following the disaster.