Massive rescue operation on in mountains to retrieve trapped people, say officials
A massive rescue operation is going on in the Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand after mountaineers were hit by an avalanche in which four people have died so far, officials said on Tuesday.
According to the Uttarakhand-based Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, a group of 41 people which include trainees and instructors near a mountain peak were hit by an avalanche.
“34 trainees and 07 mountaineering instructors were caught under an avalanche,” the institute said in a statement.
It said rescue work is in progress. So far four bodies have been recovered.
Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said Indian Air Force has been pressed into service to rescue those trapped.
“I have instructed the IAF (Indian Air Force) to mount the rescue and relief ops. Praying for everyone’s safety and well-being,” he said on Twitter.
Uttarakhand Police said on Tuesday evening that 17 people are believed to be safe in the area