Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nepal: At Lease 20 Killed in Heavy Snow, Avalanches in Manang, Mustang

According to the below link: least 20 people have been killed and dozens other missing in blizzards and avalanches in three western mountainous districts. 

Twelve people including four foreigners died in Mustang district and five foreigners are among eight dead in Mustang district.

Cyclone Hudhud in south eastern part of India caused sudden weather change across the region, triggering heavy rains, blizzards and avalanches in Nepal.

Five persons each died in the two districts of Manang and Mustang. Four Canadians and an Indian tourist have been killed after being trapped in snow at the bordering region of Fu VDC and Kongma-La Pass in Manang, police said.

COMMENT: Deputy Inspector of Police Rajendra Babu Regmi said that police are searching for the missing bodies. Helicopter has been dispatched to the region to collect the bodies, he added.

Meanwhile, four persons have been found dead following a heavy snowfall  at Dumpcamp of Mustang district.

Among the decedents, two are Polish nationals, one Israeli and one Nepali. 

The foreigners were caught in heavy snowfall  while descending towards Muktinath after crossing Throng La Pass along the Annapurna circuit trekking route.

Five Polish and four Israeli tourists were rescued  alive from the calamity, according to Mustang's Chief District Officer Baburam Bhandari.

Local authorities came to know about the incident only on Tuesday evening. 

Similarly, three Yak herders were killed in an avalanche in Nar and Fu villages of Manang, RSS reported. Those killed have been identified as former Chairman of Nar VDC, Furba Lama, 47, and Dhyang Chok Lama, 30. The identity of the third has not been ascertained.

Mustang and Manang districts both have been experiencing severe snowfall followed by rain. 


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