32 dead, 407 rescued so far, says tourism ministry

ANNAPURNA BLIZZARD

The blizzard and avalanche that hit different trekking areas in the Annapurna Region on October 14 has claimed 32 lives, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) said issuing a press release.

Seventeen of the deceased are foreign trekkers. Similarly, a total of 407 (181 Nepalis and 226 Nepalis) have been rescued alive from different trekking trails of the Annapurna Region, the ministry said in the release. Seven are still missing.

The natural disaster hit trekking areas in the middle of the tourist season which begins in September and ends in December. October is regarded the best area for trekking in the Annapurna region as the weather is clear at this time of  year and trekkers can enjoy stunning views of snowcapped mountains. But blizzard and avalanche, which were the outcomes of the Hudhud Cyclone which hit the Andhra Pradesh state of India, destroyed the fun this year.

Disaster mainly hit four trails in the Annapurna Region – Thorong Pass of the popular Annapurna Circuit or Round Annapurna Trek, Dolpo-Jomsom Trek, Nar-Phu region in Manang and the Round Dhaulagiri Trek.

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