Heavy snowfall is hampering search and rescue operations to locate four South Korean school teachers who have gone missing after an avalanche hit their trekking course in the Himalayas last week.
Over 30 additional workers and officials from Nepal and South Korea are expected to join the rescue efforts at the scene.
Our Sehhyeong Kim reports.
The Korean Embassy in Nepal says six to 10 officials were additionally dispatched to the accident site Sunday morning, while local authorities have decided to send another rescue team of nearly 30 personnel who will continue the rescue operation.
According to an official from Nepal's tourism ministry, they have sent a rescue squad to the scene of the avalanche, but were unable to land a chopper due to harsh weather conditions.
South Korean officials said two more government workers were set to leave for Nepal today to join the emergency response team at the scene.
They explained Seoul's foreign ministry will continue to provide consular assistance for a swift operation in coordination with the Nepalese government and other related agencies.
President Moon Jae-in in a Facebook post today called for all-out efforts to locate the missing, assuring a "close cooperation with the Nepal government until the end of the operation."
Sehhyeong Kim, eFM News.■
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