9 killed, over 50 missing in Annapurna range avalanche,Avalanche in Annapurna range triggers floods

POKHARA, May 5: The death toll from avalanche-triggered flood in the Seti River in Kaski reached 10, with police confirming the recovery of eight bodies including those of two women and one foreign tourist early Saturday afternoon.

Superintendent of police (SP) Sailesh Thapa, chief of the District Police Office, Kashki, confirmed the recovery of the mutilated bodies that were found at river banks in Ramghat, Yamdi and Dobilla.

More than two dozen others including three Russian nationals have gone missing in the flood caused by an avalanche at the Annapurna mountain range in Machchhapuchure VDC in Kaski district this morning.

According to police spokesperson Ravindra Poudel of District Police Office, Kaski, five bodies have been recovered so far and more than three dozen others, including three tourists, have gone missing after the avalanche started at 9 am today.

Likewise, three persons have been rescued and are undergoing treatment at Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara. One of the rescued has been identified as Mohan Tamrakar. According to police, the avalanche has caused enormous loss of livestock and physical properties as well.

The floods have swept away 40 houses situated at the Tatopani market near Kharapani, journalists who have reached the area informed. Villagers are running away to safe places. Police have been miking asking the villagers to evacuate the flood-hit sites immediately.

The flood in the Seti River has also swept away three tractors parked at the Kharapani buspark. Thousands of locals have thronged the area. Police fear the number of casualties could rise. Police, army, locals and volunteers from the Red Cross are carrying out works.

PM instructs for prompt rescue operation

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has directed concerned authorities to immediately start rescue works. Bhattarai had instructed concerned agencies for prompt management of financial and other logistical support to carry out rescue works. A helicopter carrying a team comprising rescuers and experts have already landed at the flood-hit Machchhapuchhre village.by MANOJ ADHIKARI/SANTOSH POKHARELfrom republica

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