Nepalis killed in bridge collapse

At least 15 pilgrims die and hundreds missing and feared dead in icy river.

    The Nepalis were making a pilgrimage
    when the bridge collapsed [AFP]

    Ghanashyam Chaudhary, a local police officer, said "hundreds of people went missing" and many may have been swept downstream into remote areas.
     
    As many as 100 people reportedly managed to swim to safety, he added.
     
    Slow rescue

    Pandey said helicopters had been requested to help scour the river.

    The 500-m long

    bridge

    was crowded with pilgrims headed to a religious ceremony to celebrate the full moon that began on Monday, Pandey said.

    "The remoteness of the area and poor communication facilities have delayed rescue efforts," he added.

    The Himalayan nation is cut by dozens of rivers across one of the steepest topographies in the world.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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