At least 10 people died and several others were missing after an avalanche at Draupadi’s Danda-2 mountain peak in Uttarakhand on Monday. Reports said that the avalanche had trapped at least 28 of 170 trainee mountaineers of Uttarakhand’s Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.
The principal of the institute confirmed that 10 bodies have been recovered and 18 were missing out of 28 persons stranded after an avalanche. According to the local media reports, the avalanche hit the team at 9 am at an altitude of 16000 feet.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that he has requested the Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister), Rajnath Singh, to expedite the rescue operation with the help of the army. He has assured him of all possible help from the central government. A rescue operation was being conducted to get everyone out safely.
He further said that rapid relief and rescue operations were being carried out by the district administration, NDRF, SDRF, Army and ITBP personnel along with the team of NIM to rescue the trainees trapped in the avalanche in Draupadi’s Danda-2 mountain peak at the earliest.
Expressing his condolences to the bereaved families, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh replied that rescue operations were underway to help the mountaineers who were still trapped. He has instructed the IAF to mount the rescue and relief operations.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah wrote on Twitter that the incident of an avalanche in Uttarkashi was very sad. He has spoken to the officials in this regard. Local administration, SDRF, NDRF, ITBP and Army teams were engaged in relief and rescue operations with full readiness.
Journalist Manjeet Negi wrote that the avalanche struck them around 8 am today. The incident has taken place 50 km away from Uttarkashi. The mountaineers were part of the NIM expedition to Daruapadi ka Danda mountain peak.