Up to 250 missing after avalanche hits Nepal trekking route

By REUTERS
April 28, 2015 15:38

 
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KATHMANDU - Up to 250 people are missing in Nepal after an avalanche hit a village in Rasuwa district, a popular trekking area to the north of the capital Kathmandu, District Governor Uddhav Bhattarai said on Tuesday.

Foreign tourists may be among the missing in the avalanche, which hit the village of Ghodatabela. A powerful earthquake last Saturday with a magnitude of 7.9 set off many snowslides in the Himalayan state.

"This area is in a natural park, which is popular with tourists. We are trying to rescue them, but bad weather and rainfall is hampering efforts," Bhattarai told Reuters.

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