Third of Bangladesh underwater as monsoon drenches region

Asia Pacific Jul 14, 2020

Third of Bangladesh underwater as monsoon drenches region

Almost four million people have been hit by monsoon floods in South Asia, officials said Thursday, with a third of Bangladesh already underwater from some of the heaviest rains in a decade. The monsoon — which usually falls from June to September — is crucial ...

Snowfall ends rare winter ascent of Everest by Nepal sherpas

Asia Pacific Feb 28, 2020

Snowfall ends rare winter ascent of Everest by Nepal sherpas

Four Sherpa climbers ended a rare expedition to climb Mount Everest in winter and within just five days because of heavy snow, officials said on Thursday. The team led by 34-year-old Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, an eight-time Everest veteran, left Kathmandu for the mountain on Monday ...

World's shortest man dies in Nepal at 27

Asia Pacific / Offbeat Jan 18, 2020

World's shortest man dies in Nepal at 27

The world's shortest man who was capable of walking, as verified by Guinness World Records, died Friday at a hospital in Nepal, his family said. Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08 centimeters (2 feet, 2.41 inches), died of pneumonia at a hospital in Pokhara, 200 ...