1 dead, 2 missing in avalanche in Nepal

Kathmandu: A woman was killed and two others went missing in an avalanche in the Bajhang district in far-western Nepal.

Five people who went uphill searching for yarsagumba, a caterpillar fungus, was hit by the avalanche at around 10:00 a.m. local time on Sunday. Two were recused alive by locals, and the dead body of a woman was uncovered, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Two are still missing. A joint team of the Armed Police Force and Nepal Police have been deployed for the search and rescue,” Satya Kumari Joshi, the assistant chief district officer, told Xinhua on Sunday.

This is the third similar incident in Nepal this month. Seven pickers of yarsagumba were killed in two avalanches in two districts early this month.



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