|21 January, 2020

Eight Indian tourists die in Nepal after lighting gas heater in hotel

Tourism is a major source of revenue for Nepal's economy, providing hundreds of thousands of job

Mount Everest, the world highest peak, and other peaks of the Himalayan range are seen through an aircraft window during a mountain flight from Kathmandu, Nepal January 15, 2020.

Mount Everest, the world highest peak, and other peaks of the Himalayan range are seen through an aircraft window during a mountain flight from Kathmandu, Nepal January 15, 2020.

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KATHMANDU - Eight Indian tourists including four children died of suspected suffocation in a hotel in Nepal on Tuesday, police said, after trying to keep warm by using a gas heater during the night.

The victims were staying in Daman, a hill resort south of Kathmandu which is known for its panoramic views of the Himalayas.

"They had lit a gas heater to keep the room warm and probably suffocated," police official Hobindra Bogati told Reuters. Seven other tourists in the group were unharmed.

Tourism is a major source of revenue for Nepal's economy, providing hundreds of thousands of jobs. Last year just over 1 million tourists visited the country, of which the biggest contingent - around a tenth - came from India.

(Reporting by Gopal Sharma in Kathmandu, editing by Katya Golubkova) ((gopal.sharma@thomsonreuters.com; + 977 1 4372152; Reuters Messaging: gopal.sharma.reuters.com@reuters.net))

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