4 people killed in Mustang avalanche including 3 foreigners

At least 21 persons have been killed in snowfall in Mustang and Manang districts.

16 persons were killed and as many as 19 others were injured in snowfall in Mustang district on Tuesday night.

According to Mustang Chief District Officer, Baburam Bhandari, among the deceased are nine Nepalis, three Polish, three Israeli and one Vietnamese tourist.

Tourists were caught in snowfall at an altitude of 5,000 meters in the while they were coming down to Muktinath after crossing Thorong Pass along Annapurna Circuit Trekking. The deceased are yet to be identified.

Nepali Army (NA) has been rescuing the injured on war footing. Preparations are underway to airlift those injured to Kathmandu and Pohkara through chopper for treatment.

 Similarly, five foreigners have been killed in snowfall in Manang district. Among the deceased are four Canadians and one Indian national.

The identification of the deceased is yet to be ascertained.

According to Chief District Officer of Manang Devendra Lamichhane, the dead bodies were recovered between Kangla and Fu villages.

“The bodies were buried under a thick blanket of snow,” he said, “It is unclear whether they died of snowfall or were hit by an avalanche.”

Three Canadians and one Nepali, who had gone for trekking in a group, had informed the concerned trekking agencies that they have been caught in troubles. They had gone for trekking through Panorama Himalayan Trek and Nepali Hidden Treks of Kathmandu.

“We were informed about the incident by trekking agencies. The injured has been airlifted to Kathmandu on a chopper,” he said, “Rescue team is facing difficulty to retrieve the bodies as two of them have been buried deep under the snow.”

According to him, they are facing problems in rescue due to high altitude and remoteness of the incident site.

Meanwhile, dead bodies of two persons among three, who went missing in an avalanche in Naar village in Manang, have been recovered. According to CDO Laimichhane, the identification of the deceased is yet to be established.

The whereabouts of one missing is still unknown.

Updated: 5:00 PM NPT

Four people including three foreign tourists have been killed in an avalanche in Mustang district on Tuesday night.

One Nepali, one Israeli and two from Polish trekkers are among the deceased, according to Mustang Chief District Officer Baburam Bhandari.

Fourteen other tourists have been injured in the incident. Tourists were caught in the avalanche while they were coming down to Muktinath after crossing Thorong La Pass along Annapurna Circuit Trekking

A squad from the Nepal Police and Nepal Army had rescued the victims. According to Nepal Army’s asst. speakers Niranjan Shresthan 38 trekkers are rescued by Army helicopter.

The accident happened because of influence of climate change in Nepal after Indian Hudhud sea storm with heavy snowfall in the Himalayan districts.

Published on: October 15, 2014