GORKHA, Oct 7: Snowfall has taken its toll in the northern side of Gorkha district. It has been informed that snowfall occurred in the Samagaun area of the northern side of the district, said Superintendent of Police Kedar Khanal. "Snowfall occurred on Thursday afternoon. It has crippled normal life," he said.
Three helicopters are on standby to rescue mountaineers and their helpers, who have set out to scale the Manaslu Mountain if any untoward incidents occur due to snowfall, he said. "There is a possibility of problems befalling the mountaineers on the way. Three helicopters have been kept ready in view of possible risks."
A total of 366 tourists have reached the base camp, said the police. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Forecasting Division under the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has urged residents of high mountainous areas and mountaineers to stay on alert as the weather remains cloudy for some more days.