19 bodies recovered
“A total of 19 bodies have been recovered from the crevasse. Efforts are being made today to bring the bodies to the Matli helipad by an advanced light helicopter,” Uttarakhand DGP Ashok told ANI Kumar.
Out of the 19 bodies, four bodies were brought to the summit camp by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team deployed for the rescue operation, while 15 bodies were recovered from the site of the incident
“From the summit camp, according to SDRF police, the team has brought four bodies of Sunil to the summit camp,” DGP Ashok Kumar said.
Several rescue agencies have been deployed
Personnel from various teams of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), Air Force, Army and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and School of High-altitude forces in Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir have been deployed in rescue operations, the official said.
NIM mountaineers participating in a training course were trapped in a crevasse in a glacier on Tuesday morning after an avalanche hit the summit. The team was returning after the summit.
The NIM advanced training course team included trainees and instructors. 12 more bodies were recovered on Thursday.
Of the bodies recovered, 14 were of students and two of instructors, Uttarakhand police said.
Dhami condoled the death of the mountaineers
Earlier, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami condoled the death of the hillmen.
Talking to ANI. “Rescue teams are working continuously and I am monitoring the situation,” the prime minister said.
On Tuesday, around 41 trainees and instructors of the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering were hit by an avalanche. The institute said the advanced mountaineering course started on September 14 at NIM Uttarkashi.