8 Keralites die in Nepal resort due to possible gas leak

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KATHMANDU: In a tragic incident, eight tourists from Kerala, including four children, died on Tuesday after they fell unconscious due to a possible gas leak in their room at a resort in Nepal, according to a media report.

The Himalayan Times quoted Superintendent of Police, Makawanpur District Police Office, Sushil Singh Rathaur as confirming that the Indian nationals were pronounced dead on arrival at HAMS Hospital in Kathmandu.

The deceased were identified as Prabin Kuma (39), Saranya (34), Ranjith Kumar T. B. (39), Indu Ranjith (34), Sree Bhadra (9), Abhinav Surya (9), Abhi Nair (7) and Vaishnav Ranjith (2), according to a report in Mathrubhumi.

They were part of a group of 15 people travelling from Kerala to Pokhara, a popular mountainous tourist destination, the Himalayan Times reported.

They were on their way back home and stayed at Everest Panorama Resort in Daman in Makawanpur district on Monday night.

According to the resort manager, the guests who arrived at around 9:30 p.m. on Monday from Pokhara were staying in a room and turned on a gas heater to keep warm. Although the group had booked a total of four rooms, eight of them stayed in a single room while the remaining in the other rooms, the manager said. He said all windows and the room door were bolted.

Police suspect that they might have passed out due to lack of ventilation, the report saiddue.

Union Minister for State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan said that the bodies of deceased bodies have now been brought to Kathmandu and will be taken to Thiruvananthapuram.

The eight Indian nationals, two couples and four children, were part of a group of 15 people who had travelled to Pokhara from Kerala, and were returning home. Police said on the way back they had stopped at Everest Panorama Resort in Daman.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the government was making arrangements to bring the body. The officials of the Non-Resident Keralites Affairs Department are in touch with the Indian embassy officials in Kadmandu.

He said that the government was hopeful to bring the bodies after the post-mortem on Wednesday (with inputs from IANS)

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