Nepal online patrika , kathmandu | The number of casualties in the avalanche that occurred in the southwestern region of China has reached 43 by Wednesday, with one more person missing, as reported by the state media.
The avalanche occurred in the Zhenxiong County of Yunnan Province from Monday morning, burying 18 houses and leaving over 200 people rescued to safety. Nine more bodies have been recovered at the scene, raising the death toll from 34 to 43, as announced by the Chinese government broadcaster CCTV on Wednesday.
President Xi Jinping had ordered the “full” rescue effort on Monday. After the disaster, 200 rescuers have been engaged in searching the mountainous and snowy terrain for the missing. The government media shared images showing rescue workers wearing helmets, face masks, and bright orange clothing searching for survivors throughout the night.
Dozens of excavators and digging equipment can also be seen in the area. The remote and mountainous region in Yunnan, known for its Himalayan mountain range, reaches up to the vast Himalayan plateau.