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Tourists rescued from Sauraha

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CHITWAN — The tourists, stranded in the Sauraha–based hotels, were rescued on Sunday after torrential downpour sent flood waters inundating the hotels, resorts and restaurants.

The monsoon downpour swelled the Rapti and Budhi Rapti rivers flooding the surrounding areas on Saturday night.

The tourists had been evacuated to the upper floors after the flooding. The Nepal Army, Armed Police Force (APF) and civil police including the local and hotel entrepreneurs were involved in the rescue operation.

Tourists were transported on tractors, vehicles, elephants and rafting boats, according to Inspector Abhaya Bikram of Area Police Office, Ratnanagar and taken to hotels located at safer areas.

At least 30 tourists were rescued this morning alone from the Bagmara Buffer Zone Community Forest. Chief District Officer, Narayan Prasad Bhatta, said the actual data of the number of rescued tourists was yet to arrive.

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4 held with illegal pharmaceutical drugs

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SUNSARI — Police have arrested four people in possession of illegal pharmaceutical drugs at Dharan on Sunday.

Albert Gurung and Anish Tamang of Munal Chowk in Dharan-10, Nawaraj Gurung of Dharan-15 and Arun Chaudhary of Khanar in Itahari-11 were arrested on charge of smuggling and selling the illegal pharmaceutical drugs, according to the police.

The police arrested the accused during a routine check at Dharan-based Tinkune checkpost. The police have also recovered 630 ampules of nitrazepam, 140 ampules of nitrasone and seven bottles of dilex from the detainees.

The arrestees have been kept under the police custody for further investigation.

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