Hope fades for miss­ing Korean, Nepali trekkers

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Pokhara, Nepal - Res­cuers in the search for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepalis said on Tues­day there was lit­tle hope of find­ing them alive af­ter they were swept away and buried by an avalanche in the Hi­malayas.

The group was de­scend­ing near An­na­purna base camp around 3,230m above sea level when the avalanche struck on Fri­day af­ter heavy snow­fall.

“It has been so many days, so it is hard to be hope­ful for sur­vival. With our equip­ment we found sig­nals on the area when the avalanche landed, con­firm­ing that there are bod­ies buried in­side,” res­cue worker Ang Tashi Sherpa told AFP.

Ex­perts say there is a very low chance of sur­vival for those buried in an avalanche for more than two hours.

Res­cuers have marked the po­si­tion where sig­nals from elec­tronic de­tec­tion de­vices have been recorded. Lo­cal of­fi­cial Him Ba­hadur Gu­rung said nearly 4.5m of fresh snow had ac­cu­mu­lated in the area.

On Tues­day morn­ing, an 11mem­ber spe­cialised team from the Nepal Army de­parted by chop­per for the site along with South Korean per­son­nel.

“Our fo­cus is to find them. The teams will try to ex­pe­dite melt­ing of the snow or dig through,” said Dan Ba­hadur Karki, po­lice chief of Kaski district. “It is still a risky op­er­a­tion but all pos­si­ble ef­forts are be­ing made.”

On Tues­day, eight Indian tourists, in­clud­ing four chil­dren, have died af­ter they were found un­con­scious in their room at a hill re­sort in Nepal, po­lice said. The eight - two cou­ples and their chil­dren - had slept in one room at a ho­tel in Da­man, a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion in Mak­wan­pur district about 55km from Kath­mandu.

The teams will try to ex­pe­dite melt­ing of the snow or dig through

Dan Ba­hadur Karki


South Korean Am­bas­sador Park Young-Sik (cen­tre) at­tends a press con­fer­ence in Pokhara, 200km west of Kath­mandu on Tues­day

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