One killed, seven rescued by lake

Sarita Rai –
Kathmandu: A tourist who has visited Merapic area has died after being hit by a lake. Solukhumbu police have confirmed that Govinda Lakhman, 2, of Indian origin was killed on Tuesday. According to DSP, Narayan Prasad Chimoria, he was killed in a lake at an altitude of about 4,000 meters.

Solukhumbu police said eight persons were taken to the lake and rescued. According to police, two persons, including two foreigners and one Nepali, who were ill, were rescued. They were taken to Kathmandu by helicopter from Kailash and Dinesti Air, police said. Precipitation has been reported for some days due to frequent rains. Hundreds of tourists who have visited Khumbu area have come to Lukla due to the constant rain and heavy snowfall.

Some tourists arrived after traveling for about an hour and a half to reach Kathmandu by helicopter. On Tuesday morning some Nepalese travelers, including foreigners who had traveled to Kathmandu via Chariharkhark and Surkai, were forced to stay at various fields of Panchkhal, Ramechhap and Kavre.
The helicopters of Simrick and Kailash Air landed at Kathmandu around 9.30 am on the occasion of the weather being opened. According to Emanath Adhikari, chief of the Civil Aviation Authority, Lukla, the other four helicopters flew to Kathmandu but the last one helicopter failed to fly. Of the 4 helicopters that were stopped during the day, four from Cimric, one from Altichude, one from Kailash and one from Manang have been reported to land in Kathmandu.

But once the weather has worsened, each of the helicopters from Simrick, Sri and Summit Air are staying at Ramechhap’s Manthali airport. The helicopter has just returned from hiding.

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