Missing women in March 2 avalanche not found yet

JUMLA, March 15: Whereabouts of a woman buried in an avalanche in the high-altitude hinterlands of the district remains unknown.

Laxmi Bhandari from Depalgaun-9 of Jumla district disappeared in an avalanche that hit the region on March 2. A group of persons including Bhandari had gone to the highlands to graze mountain goats being kept there.Among the four persons who accompanied her, two have already returned home after a minor treatment while the other two were found with critical injuries.

The District Police Office, National Investigation Department, Sidhibox Battalion, Karnali Brigade 24 and local residents equipped with counter-emergency tools have been launching a seamless search for Bhandari, but her location remains unclear, said Bishnu Prasad Neupane, Chief District Officer.

The search area is still shrouded under six feet of snow while the rescue efforts have been hampered by inconsistent weather pattern trending to adverse conditions, according to DSP Balram Rai of District Police Office, Jumla.