Hundreds may be buried in Nepal avalanche

Up to 300 people, many of them foreigners, are believed buried under avalanche as NGOs warn of trafficking after Nepal quake

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Up to 300 people, many of them foreigners, are believed buried on the slopes of a mountain in Nepal by an avalanche set off by last month's earthquake.

Rescuers have pulled out six bodies from the Langtang village earlier but operations were being hampered by bad weather, said Gautam Rimal, assistant district administrator in the area.

About 100 bodies were recovered in the area on last weekend and officials believe up to 300, including 110 foreigners could be still under the snow.

"There are body parts, broken limbs and pieces of flesh scattered in the area," Rimal said.

The confirmed death toll from the quake rose to 7,652, with more than 14,500 injured. Some families of victims marked the end of the traditional Hindu mourning period on the the 13th day since the earthquake.

According to the police, about one-third of capital Kathmandu's population has left the city, while some are staying in tents in open areas.

Meanwhile, NGOs in Nepal have warned that human traffickers could try to target vulnerable displaced women and children. They say there is an "increase in suspicious cases at the porous border with India.

"Girls are at high risk of trafficking and sexual abuse, they have to be protected," Anuradha Koirala, the founder of Maiti Nepal, an anti-trafficking organisation, told AFP.

The border has been used to traffic women and children from Nepal into slavery and prostitution in India.


TRTWorld and agencies