Many of you must have already heard about the worst accident in the history of Everest mountaineering that occurred Friday (April 18) morning at approximately 6:30 (Nepal time). Thirteen Sherpas are already reported dead, with at least three missing and several injured. Mr. Paresh Chandra Nath, the physically challenged mountaineer from Durgapur, who is attempting to reach the summit of Everest is safe and was at base camp when the incident occurred. Durgapur Adda was able to contact him yesterday morning (April 19).
The horrific incident took place after an ice avalanche swept across the Khumbu Icefall at about 19,000 feet, in an area called the “popcorn field,” so named for the huge blocks of ice spraying across the snow. The Sherpas were ferrying loads for the client climbers when the accident occurred.
Mr.Paresh Chandra Nath, like a true mountaineer, is now more concerned about the rescue operations than anything else. Climbers have declared a four-day halt in their efforts to scale the 8,848-metre (29,029-ft) summit of Mt. Everest.
When representative of Durgapur Adda contacted him, he said that the avalanche has virtually destroyed the route from camp 1-2 and he can clearly see it from the base camp. He also added by saying that everyone is shaken and horrified at Base Camp. Some climbers are packing up and some are still undecided as what to do.
However, Mr. Paresh Chandra Nath, the Durgapur mountaineer with an amputated left wrist is determined to make the attempt despite all the dangers, once the mountain opens up.
On the brighter side, the mountain is likely to be opened after the rescue operations are over. But apart from the delay, the climb could get tougher and costlier as well. This incident is another reminder of the fact that how dangerous is Mt. Everest and how things can go horribly wrong at any moment.
As the expenses are bound to cross the estimated cost, so PLEASE PLEASE keep spreading the word. Let’s put in all the efforts to make sure that he gets all the necessary equipment and safety measures, before he start his ascent.
So please talk to all your friends/family and keep the funds coming. Let’s also pray for all those brave hearts who lost their lives and let’s all come together to support Mr. Nath in whatever way possible.
Following is the details of how to donate for Mr. Paresh Chandra Nath:
- A/C Holder: Paresh Chandra Nath
- Savings Bank A/c No. : 20083818736
- Name & Address of Bank : State Bank of India, A-zone Branch, Durgapur (06151)
- IFSC CODE : SBIN0006151
- PAN No. : AEJPN0688J
- Mobile no. : +91-9434250551
- Address: Q-110, Sarat Chandra Avenue, B-Zone, Durgapur-713205, West Bengal, India.
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