Nepal: Fresh avalanches force rescuers to stop recovery mission in buried village

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Kathmandu, May 10: Fresh avalanches on Friday and Saturday forced rescue teams trying to trace survivors in a village buried by a landslide in northern Nepal suspend their mission.

Nepal witnessed a devastating earthquake on April 25 that led to the death of over 8,000 people, injury to 16,000 people and destruction of massive property, including heritage sites.


The rescue personnel moved to higher and safer grounds as a result of the avalanches, said sources in the Nepalese government.

Hundreds and thousands of people were still living in makeshift tents across central and northern Nepal after they lost their homes in the quake.

Over 100 bodies have so far been recovered from Langtang Valley, a village on a popular trekking route located about 60 kilometres north of Kathmandu, the national capital. Nine of those ill-fated were foreigners. However, it is yet to be known as how many people were buried in the village after a mudslide hit it in the wake of the 7.8-magnitude quake.

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