October 23, Mugu: Domestic tourists visiting Rara lake on the occasion are stranded at Rara Lake in Mugu due to roadblocks and heavy rains since October 18. Tourists are stranded at Talcha Airport due to a 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. Tourists of Nepalgunj in Banke had reached Rara on a motorcycle with eight friends from Kathmandu. The motorcycle stooped on the way.
His friends have been waiting for the plane at the airport for three days to reach Nepalgunj by aircraft.” 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. In bad weather, aircraft cannot land in talcha airport. More than 100 passengers are awaiting rescue at the airport.
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 who came in packages from the capital Kathmandu and other districts were suffering due to a lack of flights.
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 Rara Lake by air have packages to return after spending one night. Airport chief Vishal Barun said that there was a problem of not being able to fly for a week.
Nepal Airlines Corporation, Summit Air, Tara Air, and Sita Air have been flying to Mugu. The Karnali-based airline has diverted aircraft to the east and far west after landslides blocked land routes at various places.
Sita’s aircraft has been stranded in Nepalgunj due to maintenance. Summit’s aircraft is in the far western region. According to the Mugu Airport Office, Tara’s aircraft 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, Karnali State Government, and the airlines have been informed and corresponded for regular and additional flights.
He said that due to the high pressure of tourists coming to Rara Lake for the Dashain holiday, passengers have to wait for several days and have to travel for several days.