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8 Indians die after falling unconscious at resort in Nepal

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By the Associated Press 

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Eight Indian tourists, including four children, were declared dead Tuesday after being found unconscious in their room at a mountain resort in Nepal, officials said.

Hospital staff load bodies of Indian tourists into an ambulance for postmortem, at a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Eight Indian tourists were declared dead Tuesday after being found unconscious in their room at a mountain resort in Nepal, police said. The resort was fully booked so the eight tourists were sharing the same room. The official said the group reportedly turned on a gas heater inside the room while the windows and doors were closed. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha / MANILA BULLETIN)

Hospital staff load bodies of Indian tourists into an ambulance for postmortem, at a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Eight Indian tourists were declared dead Tuesday after being found unconscious in their room at a mountain resort in Nepal, police said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha / MANILA BULLETIN)

Rescue helicopters flew the tourists to Kathmandu, where they were declared dead at a hospital in the capital, police official Hobindra Bogati said.

A doctor at the Hospital for Advanced Medicine and Surgery in Kathmandu, Kamal Thapa, said the four adults and four children showed no signs of life when they arrived at the hospital.

The eight tourists were part of a group of 15 who had traveled to Nepal from the Indian state of Kerala.

Thapa said another member of the tour group said they had tried to wake the eight around 7:30 a.m. but found them unconscious.

The group reportedly turned on a gas heater inside the room while the windows and doors were closed. Police were investigating the case.

The resort at Daman is popular with tourists for mountain views and snowfall during winter. It is about 56 kilometers (35 miles) west of Kathmandu.

The resort was fully booked so the eight tourists were sharing the same room.

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