While 14 people have been rescued in an injured condition, 20 mountaineers are still missing as the rescue operation has entered second day
The death toll in India’s northern Himalayas state, where an avalanche struck mountaineers on Tuesday, has mounted to 10 while 20 mountaineers are still missing, the Uttarakhand police said on Wednesday.
A statement issued by the Uttarakhand Police confirmed that the death toll has reached 10 while 14 people have been rescued, from the site, in an injured condition.
According to the Uttarakhand-based Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, a group of 41 people which include trainees and instructors were hit by an avalanche near a mountain peak.
Soon after the avalanche, a massive operation was launched by the authorities.
Uttarakhand Police Chief Ashok Kumar said on Wednesday that six more bodies were recovered from the avalanche site.
“Today six bodies have been recovered. Till now a total of 10 bodies have been recovered. Around 20 are missing and a search operation is underway,” he said.
Additionally, police said 14 people were rescued and they were provided treatment by the authorities.
Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday Indian Air Force has been pressed into service to rescue those trapped.