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Four dead while picking Yarsagumba in Mugu

June 2, 2024
Yarsagumba in Mugu

Four people in Mugu district, Nepal, have died after falling ill due to altitude sickness while collecting Yarsagumba, a rare Himalayan caterpillar fungus. This follows a similar tragedy last year, where four individuals also lost their lives during the collection period.

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According to Mugu’s Chief District Officer, Topendra KC, 20-year-old Devraj Budha succumbed to the illness on the way to Gamgadhi Hospital for advanced treatment. This brings the confirmed death toll to four. One other patient remains critically ill and is receiving ongoing medical attention.

The deceased individuals were identified as Man Bahadur Budha (29), Shobhan Budha, and Raj Bahadur Rawat. All three initially received treatment at the Mugu health post but were transferred to Gamgadhi due to the severity of their condition. Sadly, they did not survive.

Jiban Budha, another Yarsagumba collector from Tallekh village, is currently undergoing treatment.

This incident highlights the potential dangers associated with the Yarsagumba collection. Last year, avalanches claimed the lives of three collectors, while another died from a fall.

Yarsagumba collection in Mugum Karmarong rural municipality officially commenced on May 7th, 2024. The fungus is a prized commodity, but authorities urge caution to prevent further tragedies.

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