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Uttarakhand’s Danda-2 peak avalanche: Rescue ops resume as weather improves, 27 still missing

Fifteen people were rescued after an avalanche struck when a team of trainee mountaineers and instructors from NIM. The rescue operations at Matli Helipad in Uttarkashi have resumed as weather conditions have improved.

SDRF teams leave from Sahastradhara helipad to rescue the trainees trapped in an avalanche in Draupadi’s Danda-2 mountain peak, in Dehradun district. (PTI Photo)

Fifteen members of a mountaineering team which had gone missing after being hit by an avalanche at Draupadi Ka Danda peak in Uttarakashi district have been rescued. The rescue operations were carried out by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and mountaineers from the Nehru Institute Of Mountaineering (NIM).

The rescue operations at Matli Helipad in Uttarkashi have resumed as weather conditions have improved. Five were admitted to district hospital Uttarkashi and ten who had sustained minor injuries were sent back home.

Twenty-seven mountaineers are still missing a day after a massive avalanche barrelled into a group of mountaineers of Uttarkashi-based Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) and several people were trapped.

Bodies of four people, including two instructors and trainees, have been recovered. Ace mountaineer Savita Kanswal, who had set a national record by climbing Mount Everest and Mount Makalu within a span of 15 days, was among those killed in the avalanche at Draupadi ka Danda-II in Uttarkashi district. Another instructor, Naumi Rawat, from Bhukki village, was also among the deceased. The other two bodies are those of trainees, though their identities have not been disclosed.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Wednesday did an aerial inspection of the area, which is at a height of 17,000 feet, that was hit by an avalanche on Tuesday and told reporters that 27 climbers are still missing.

(With PTI inputs)

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