Tough it was earlier said that 55 people were trapped in snow, there were only 36 people to be exact.
JUMLA, Feb 10: As many as 34 people of Tatopani Rural Municipality-8, Jumla, who were trapped in the snow, have returned home successfully, according to the District Administration Office, Jumla.
They had gone to Patan in search of a herb named ‘Setak Chini’ (Moringa Oleifera). The rescue operation was started in coordination with the Tatopani Rural Municipality and the provincial government. At first, food and protection materials were provided to the people trapped in the snow but it was impossible to reach them without a helicopter. However, as the helicopter would not land in that place, it left food and other materials for the people trapped in the snow.
About four feet of snow was frozen in the Patan area. The locals are happy after all of them, including the sheep, have returned home safely. Similarly, Chief District Officer Bijaya Kumari Prasai said in a statement that she is thankful to Tatopani Rural Municipality, Karnali Province Government and all stakeholders for their support for the rescue and relief of the people trapped in the snow.
Prasai also clarified that despite there being said to be 55 people trapped in the snow, there were only 36 people to be exact. Two people had reached Dharamshala on Saturday. Similarly, Chief Administrative Officer of Tatopani Rural Municipality Milan Buda Thapa said the people who had gone to Patan to collect herbs had been unable to return home due to heavy snowfall since Thursday. The helicopter could not rescue them on February 6 and left food and other supplies instead. However, as there was chance of snowfall again, these people were rescued and brought to their homes.``