GORKHA, March 29: The local administration has rescued 32 tourists from Manaslu trekking route in the last three days. The tourists who trekked to the popular destination were stranded due to lockdown imposed in the country over the risk of novel coronavirus. According to Harka Rokka, an official at the district administration office, the tourists were rescued from Wednesday to Saturday and some of them have already been sent off to Kathmandu.
"On Saturday, two American nationals were rescued in vehicle from Machhakola area of Dharche municipality. On Friday, one Australian was recused in helicopter, similarly, two British, two Israeli and two from Belgium were rescued in vehicle. Earlier on Wednesday, many others were rescued from different points. Now total 32 rescued so far in the last three days," Rokka adding that they were all in contact of the administration.
Earlier, nationals from Argentina, France, Denmark and Korea, among others were rescued. Meanwhile, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) stated that a total of 68 tourists have been to Manslu form March 8 to March 15. According to Narendra lama, ACAP Chief, it is not accurately known how many of them have returned. "After the lockdown imposed due to coronavirus fear, tourists got stranded here and there. We have been trying to locate everyone and get exact details," he said.