A travel industry official said Saturday that four South Koreans and three Nepali visit guides are among seven individuals missing after a torrential slide hit their path on a Himalayan mountain in northwest Nepal.
The torrential slide struck Friday almost a base camp in the Annapurna district at an elevation of 10,600 feet, around 93 miles northwest of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, after overwhelming snowfall, authorities said.
“We are getting reports that four South Koreans and three Nepalis are out of contact after the episode occurred in Annapurna base came trek course,” Mira Dhakal of Nepal’s travel industry office said Saturday. “A salvage group was dispatched the previous evening.”
The four missing South Koreans remember two ladies for their 30s and 50s and two men in their 50s who were remaining in Nepal as volunteer educators, Yonhap News Agency detailed.
The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said five other South Korean individuals from a similar group were protected and taking haven in a cabin.
Nepali police were moving to a site by walking Saturday morning and a helicopter is on backup to move survivors to Pokhara.
Terrible climate conditions have hampered the utilization of helicopters in the hunt, as per the service.