Nepal Earthquake: Officials Confused as 53 More Bodies Are Found

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KATHMANDU, Nepal — The bodies of 53 trekkers and villagers buried in avalanches set off by an earthquake in April were recovered over the weekend.

Nepali soldiers and police were also digging through snow and rocks with shovels and hoes on Monday for signs of more victims.

Search and rescue operations were suspended in the village of Langtang, 40 miles north of Kathmandu, last month as fresh avalanches buried some of the 128 bodies that had been recovered, putting rescue workers in danger.

Soldiers from the army's disaster response unit resumed the search over the weekend, the military said in a statement. The bodies found included three foreign trekkers.

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"It is still confusing whether all these 53 bodies are new or also included those that were washed away by the avalanche after being recovered earlier," army spokesman Brigadier General Jagadish Chandra Pokharel told Reuters.

The April 25 earthquake and another on May 12 together have claimed almost 8,880 lives.