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Bodies of all Tara Air plane crash victims found

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POKHARA — Rescue workers have found the bodies of all the 23 passengers and crew members killed when their plane crashed at a Solighoptebhir in Myagdi district, the Nepal Army said Thursday.

The police and army returned to the accident site at first light subsequent to abandoning recovery efforts late Wednesday due to bad weather in the incident site.

“The bodies of all the 23 passengers on board have been found by the group at the accident site,” Nepal Army spokesperson Tara Bahadur Karki said.

The bodies will be taken by helicopter to the Pokhara airport, Karki said.

Bad weather with snow and rain had prevented helicopters from reaching the crash site early Thursday.

The Tara Air flight from Pokhara to Jomsom was carrying three crew and 20 passengers, including a Chinese national and a Kuwaiti.

The government had formed a committee to investigate the cause of the tragedy, the latest in a series of fatal aviation accidents in the impoverished Himalayan nation.

Tara Air is a subsidiary of Yeti Airlines, a privately owned domestic carrier founded in 1998 which services many remote destinations.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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