A man has reunited with his family in Myagdi district 52 years after his disappearance.

Ganga Bahadur Gurung, 75, commonly known as Junga Bahadur, of Thamdanda, Beni Municipality, came into contact with his family yesterday. He had disappeared from his house 52 years ago.

Almost after four years of his disappearance, Gurung's family members were informed that he had been living in Masyagaun of Chure Rural Municipality in Kailali. But he did not want to come in contact with family members at the moment. His search campaign gained momentum when a local youth posted his image on social media after the latter located his ancestral identity in Beni.

Following his message, Nepal Red Cross Society, Myagdi, had intensified a search campaign.

In the course of the campaign, a telephonic conversation was also established between Gurung and his family at Thamdanda.

Gurung came to meet family members of his younger brother yesterday in coordination with Red Cross Myagdi. The son of his younger brother Sher Bahadur Gurung and daughter Bisu Gurung reached Kailali to bring back their uncle. The family reunion took place in the presence of Red Cross Myagdi Chairperson Lekh Bahadur Hamal and Officer Dahanjaya Kumar Shrestha as well as other Red Cross activists.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 7, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.