The Nepal Weekly | June 22, 2021
Around 75 Yarsha-gumba pickers of Manang have been stranded at Phu area of the district as the way back for them to return home has been blocked with bridges and paths destroyed by the heavy rainfall and snow in the area.
Bishnu Lamichhane, Chief District Officer of Manang , informed that 75 locals of Manang have been stranded as trails were damaged due to heavy snowfall and rains.
Many people had gone to the Phu area to pick up Yarsha four weeks ago and they could not return home because the trails and the bridges have been damaged by the rains, and they need to be rescued immediately, informed Palden Chhepal Gurung, former Parliament Member.
He said that they were in three groups, 25 persons in each group, and that two groups have reached a relatively safe place while a group of 25 people was in a desperate need of rescue. Gurung said five of those in danger were rescued Sunday morning by a high altitude helicopter.
The remaining people could not be rescued due to bad weather for helicopter to fly. Gurung said that the stranded people were around Phu village which lies at the lap of Ratna Chuli and Lugula Mountain. This area is very remote as it also borders with China.