Nepal villagers recover the remains of 17 people missing after landslide

Villagers carry a landslide survivor in the Kaski district of western Nepal on July 30, 2015 (AFP Photo/Sagar Raj Timilsina)
Nepal villagers have recovered the remains of 17 people who went missing after their village was buried by a landslide triggered by the devastating earthquake that hit the country on April 25, officials said Wednesday.
Government administrator Shiva Ram Gelal said Wednesday that the villagers in Langtang valley gathered the remains this week and reported it to authorities in Rasuwa district.
However, bad weather is preventing the authorities based in the district capital from flying to the area on a helicopter.
It was difficult for rescuers to reach the village on foot because it would take at least two days and parts of the trail had been washed away by heavy rainfall.
The entire village was buried by the landslide triggered by the earthquake. The village is in the scenic Langtang valley, which is popular with tourists and hikers.
It was not clear if the remains found this week were the bodies of local residents or trekkers, but the remains would be flown to Kathmandu and tested at a hospital, Gelal said.
The earthquake on April 25 and another one on May 12 killed 8,900 people in Nepal.
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