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10 mountaineers killed, many stuck in U'khand avalanche

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Hemant Waje
Last updated on: October 04, 2022 16:35 IST
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Ten mountaineers were killed in an avalanche at Mount Draupadi Ka Danda -- II peak in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi district on Tuesday, officials said.

IMAGE: DRF teams leave from Sahastradhara helipad in Dehradun to rescue the trainees trapped in an avalanche in Draupadi's Danda-2 mountain peak. Photograph: ANI

A team of 34 trainee mountaineers and seven instructors from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering was caught in an avalanche while returning, NIM Principal Colonel Amit Bisht said.

Ten bodies were sighted, of which four have been recovered, he added.

 

The avalanche occurred at 8.45 am, he said.

Uttarkashi Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal said eight of those trapped were rescued by their team members.

The National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and a team of mountaineers from the NIM have launched rescue operations, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said in a tweet.

The chief minister also spoke to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the phone and sought the help of the army in expediting rescue operations.

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