Rescuers recover bodies of two South Korean tourists buried in an avalanche in JanuaryThe bodies of two Korean tourists and a Nepali worker are yet to be retrieved.
A team of rescuers recovered two bodies of South Korean tourists, who had gone missing three months ago, at Hinku between the villages of Himalaya and Deurali in Annapurna Rural Municipality on Saturday.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Raj Kumar KC said the bodies were retrieved by a team of police personnel, locals and employees of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project.
Seven people—four South Korean tourists and three Nepali high altitude workers—had gone missing on January 17 in an avalanche that had hit the Century Trekking Route in the Annapurna Base Camp area.
On Wednesday, security personnel recovered the body of a Nepali high altitude worker at Ward No. 11 of Annapurna Rural Municipality in Kaski. Rescuers had found the body of one of the three missing Nepali workers a few days after they had gone missing. Bodies of three of the seven missing are yet to be found.
According to the District Police Office in Kaski, four Korean tourists and three Nepali high altitude workers had been buried in the avalanche.
“The bodies recovered on Saturday are of the Korean tourists—one male and another female. Preparations are underway to airlift the bodies to Kathmandu and hand them over to their relatives,” said KC.
Search for the missing three bodies are underway at the incident site which lies at an altitude of around 3,200 metres from the sea level. It takes two days to reach the site from Pokhara.
According to the Tourist Police Office in Pokhara, three backpacks of the missing Korean tourists were also recovered from the incident site on Wednesday.
“Efforts are underway to find the other missing bodies as well. The snow has started to melt, so we’re hoping that the search for the missing will be easier,” said Bidhan Singh Chhetri, assistant sub-inspector at the Tourist Police Office.