6 October, Khalanga. Tourists have been stranded at Rara Lake in Mugu on the occasion of Dashain due to heavy rains since October 20.
Tourists are stranded at Talcha Airport due to lack of flights to Mugu. Four airlines flying to Karnali have diverted the flight to the east. The land route has been completely closed due to continuous rains.
Sirjan Khatri of Nepalgunj in Banke had reached Rara on a motorcycle with eight friends from Kathmandu. The motorcycle broke down on the way. His friends have been waiting for the plane at the airport for three days to reach Nepalgunj by ship. “We have been stranded at the airport for three days since the ship did not arrive. We have run out of money,” he said.
The Department of Water and Meteorology has forecast bad weather again from Saturday. The plane does not land in the lock as soon as the weather worsens.
More than 100 passengers are awaiting rescue at the airport. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Due to continuous rains, the weather did not improve and not a single flight was operated at the airport from Monday to Wednesday.
There were only two flights on Thursday. He said that the tourists coming in packages from the capital Kathmandu and other districts were suffering due to lack of air travel.
The pressure of passengers at the airport is unbearable. More than a hundred passengers are waiting for the plane at the airport. Most of the tourists who come to Raratal by air are packaged to return after spending one night. Airport chief Vishal Barun said that there was a problem of not being able to board the flight for a year.
Nepal Airlines Corporation, Summit Air, Tara Air and Sita Air have been flying to Mugu. The Karnali-based airline has diverted ships to the east and far west as land routes to various places were blocked due to floods and landslides.
Sita’s ship has been stranded in Nepalgunj due to a malfunction. Summit’s ship is in the far western region. According to the Mugu Airport Office, Tara’s ship has been operating only one or two flights daily.
Chief District Officer Rom Mahat said that a letter has been sent to the concerned bodies and the airline for the rescue of the stranded passengers.
He said that the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Karnali state government and the airlines have been informed and corresponded for regular and additional flights.
Stating that the pressure of tourists coming to Raratal to celebrate the tenth holiday is high, the passengers have to wait for several days and have to travel, he said. It is wrong for an airline that flies to Karnali at other times to send planes elsewhere during festivals and when tourists come. ”
According to the locals, the landslide hit 14 places on Surkhet-Nagma road and Nagma-Gamgadhi road on the Karnali Highway.