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Nepal blizzard: 39 stranded tourists rescued, Indian trekker identified

Even as the search and rescue team formed by the government rescued 39 stranded tourists from the blizzard-lashed Annapurna trekking route in Nepal on Friday, five more dead bodies were found, officials said.

The army rescued the tourists and their guides who had been stranded for three days in the Thorang La pass area on the Annapurna Trekking Circuit in Mustang district. The number of those rescued since Wednesday has reached nearly 240, reports said.

The government on Friday formed a committee to coordinate rescue efforts.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press (AP) news agency reported that dozens of people have taken shelter in small lodges and huts dotted along the Annapurna trail.

The exact death toll is yet to be established. More than 30 people are believed to have died and, according to local media reports, more than a 100 missing people are yet to come into contact with officials or the trekking agencies that had arranged their tour.

Nepalis – villagers, trekking guides and porters – and foreigners were hit by sudden blizzards and avalanche on Tuesday night, believed to be triggered by Cyclone Hudhud which lashed south-east India early this week. October and November are considered favourable months for trekking.

Meanwhile, a team of security personnel found dead body of trekker from India, Arup Roychowdhury. The body was buried in snow near a camp on the Thorang La pass. Two other bodies were also found at the site – a Nepali and the other whose nationality is yet to be identified.

A statement from the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu said Mr. Roychowdhury’s brother arrived in Nepal. An Indian Embassy official whom The Hindu contacted declined to give any further details.

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