Ten passengers missing in jeep plunge

Humla, June 18: Ten persons including vice-chair of Kharpunath rural municipality, Sindhu Hamal, have gone missing when a jeep (Lu 1 Ja 7166) plunged into the Karnali river.

The accident took place when the jeep heading towards Kailebalu veered off the road and plunged into the river-gorge this afternoon, said Assistant Chief District Officer, Mahesh Kumar Pokharel, quoting Yakchu police.

It is informed that a helicopter has already reached the incident site for rescue. According to Assistant CDO Pokharel, the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and the Nepal Army personnel have been mobilised for a search operation.

The vehicle has been completely submerged in the swollen Karnali River making it difficult to find out its location, the District Police Office, Humla said. Chandra Hamal, driver Mani Shah, Basanthi Shahi and Nanda Devi Singh were travelling in the ill-fated jeep, said journalist Rajan Rawat from the incident site.

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