Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dozens missing in Nepal floods near Annapurna

Dozens of people are still missing in Nepal after a mountain river burst its banks near Mount Annapurna, in the west of the country, causing flash flooding, police say.

A police official told AFP that a search operation for the 43 missing people was under way, but he saw little chance of finding any of them alive.

Three Ukrainian tourists trekking in the area are among the missing.

At least 13 people died when the floods surged down the Seti river on Saturday.

The floods damaged a suspension bridge used by the residents of Kharapani village
Eight people have been rescued from the surge of water. The area is popular with tourists.

"We have a list of another 43 people who have gone missing. Their chances of survival are almost zero. The three Ukrainians are still missing," district police superintendent Sailesh Thapa told AFP. Read More