Darjeeling, May 24 UNI | 2 months ago

Gorkhland Territorial Administration (GTA) and Gorkha Janshakti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung today urged the West Bengal government to give equal importance to trace missing Sherpa Dawa Wangchu, who disappeared along with Chhanda Gayen on Mt Kanchenjunga massif in Nepal side.

Chhanda Gayen (35) of Howrah, Dawa Wangchu Sherpa (28) of Darjeeling and Nepalese Sherpa Tempa (24) are feared killed in an avalanche that took place on Mt Kanchenjunga on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, a report from Sankhuwasabha in Nepal today said the death of two Sherpa guides in the avalanche that took place at Mt Kanchanjunga has been confirmed. Fu Tempa Sherpa and Ngtashi Sherpa of the same district, however, were lucky to survive the avalanche.

The avalanche occurred in the fifth camp of the 8586 meters tall Mt Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.

Mr Gurung prayed for Dawa Wangchu Sherpa, a resident of Ghoom who is also missing with Everester Gayen after being caught in an avalanche.

Dawa is originally from Bagora, Chimney-Kurseong subdivision and is married to Pema Sherpa and currently residing in Khasmal Busty, Ghoom, added Mr Gurung. He said without the help of the Sherpa community, who are key guides up in the mountain, it would be nearly impossible for climbers to scale the mountain.

The Bengal Government which had earlier dispatched a three-member team to Nepal to assist the rescue mission should also give equal importance to rescue Dawa from Darjeeling. ''I would also appeal to the Government that they should give a government job to Dawa Wangchu Sherpa's wife or anyone from his family and a financial assistance of Rs 25 lakhs,'' urged Mr Gurung.

(Posted on 24-05-2014)