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3 missing after Nepal avalanche

KATHMANDU: Three yak herders went missing in an avalanche in Nepal’s mountainous region yesterday, local media reported.

Three local residents of Naar village in Manang district went missing after they were buried under snow, Kantipur Television reported.

Police said they were searching for the men who had gone missing at an altitude of 4,000m but that hopes of finding them alive were dwindling.

Nepal has been facing bad weather for last two days, as an impact of Cyclone Hudhud in India.

Heavy rainfall has been reported across Nepal since Sunday and the meteorological department said this will continue till Friday.

Though the western part of Nepal has particularly come under the influence of cyclone Hudhud, the remaining part of the Himalayan nation has also been affected.

The country remained cloudy throughout Monday and yesterday and this is expected today too with many places seeing a sudden change in weather, affecting lives and farming.

“An alert for heavy rains has been sounded in some parts of the western and central regions for two days starting Tuesday due to the impact of the cyclonic movement along the Indian states bordering Nepal in Uttarakhand for Tuesday,” said Subash Rimal, a meteorologist at the Meteorological Forecasting Division.

Media reported that some parts of hilly and mountainous regions have experienced heavy snowfall affecting farming, mainly paddy.

Rainfall measuring 100mm or above has been recorded in some parts of western, central and far western regions of the country.

Regular air services have been cancelled due to poor visibility in the wake of thick clouds and heavy rainfall.

The cyclone, which developed over the Bay of Bengal and made landfall at Visakhapatnam in India’s Andhra Pradesh state on Sunday afternoon, killed at least 22 people and left thousands
displaced in India. (IANS)

Published Date: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 | 06:09 AM

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