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Tourists rescued from Sauraha


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.

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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.