At least a dozen people have been killed in snow blizzards in Manang and Mustang districts on Tuesday night.
Five persons each died in the two districts. 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.
Some bodies of the deceased, who include Polish, Israeli and Nepalese citizens, were recovered from Thorong La pass, about 100 miles northwest of the capital, Kathmandu, while 40 others were rescued, Nepalese army official Niranjan Shrestha reportedly said. According to reports, 12 of the deaths were in the Annapurna region. The avalanche, which hit the area on Tuesday, was reportedly caused by the remnants of Cyclone Hudhud, which killed at least 24 people and caused widespread devastation in southeastern India over the weekend.
“There has been heavy snowfall in the area, up to three feet (91 centimeters),” a police official in charge of the rescue effort reportedly said. “Among the dead are two Polish trekkers and one Israeli. A Nepali was also buried by the snow,” he reportedly said, without revealing any other detail.
Local police officials reportedly said that 152 foreign tourists in Mustang district in the Dhawalagiri zone of northern Nepal could not be contacted.
“The phone network is not very good so we have not been able to get in touch with the missing, but we hope to find them later today,” Mustang district official Baburam Bhandari said, ABC News reported. Bhandari also reportedly said that five Polish nationals, four Israelis and five German citizens had been rescued.
The rescue operation, which was hampered by heavy snow, reportedly resumed after the weather cleared up on Wednesday. According to BBC, Cyclone Hudhud is now moving from Nepal toward China.