Uttarakhand rains: Bodies of 12 trekkers recovered

Uttarakhand: A total of 12 bodies of trekkers from two trekking groups, who had gone missing in two separate places near the Lamkhaga Pass, had been recovered, officials said on Saturday.

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Lamkhaga pass trek - Discovery Hike

Six trekkers have been rescued while four continue to be missing. The climbers were reported missing on the trekking route near the Lamkhaga Pass that connects Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district with Harshil in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district.

Uttarakhand and parts of Himachal Pradesh had been hit by heavy rainfall earlier this week. Uttarakhand Director-General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar said a search and rescue operation was launched by the Uttarakhand State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) after a group of 11 trekkers had gone missing in Harshil.

Lamkhaga Pass - A high altitude pass between Uttarakhand & Himachal

The bodies of seven trekkers have been recovered so far and, two trekkers have been rescued while two of them are still missing.

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The DGP said another team of 11 trekkers had gone missing. Out of these, five bodies had been recovered, four trekkers had been rescued safely while two were missing.

He said out of 22 trekkers, who went missing at two different places, the bodies of 12 had been found and six trekkers had been rescued alive while four were missing.

According to the latest update by the Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management authority (HPSDMA), two bodies have been recovered from the Himachal side (Kinnaur) and the district administration has deployed a team from the Sangla police station to bring back the bodies.

11 Trekkers Missing At Lamkhaga Pass Between Uttarakhand to Himachal, Search Ops On

Acting on information received on October 21 by the SHO, Sangla, about the missing tourists, search and rescue operation teams recovered the bodies of two trekkers from Himachal Pradesh side (Kinnaur) while five bodies and two injured persons were found by the team deployed from the Uttarakhand side.

The deceased have been identified as Anita Rawat (38), Tanmay Tiwari (30), Vikas Makal (33), Saurabh Gosh (34), Subhayan Das (28), Richard Mandal (31) all from West Bengal and Upender (22) from Uttarkashi.

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Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Friday announced that he would contribute his salary for the month of October 2021 towards the Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF). His contribution to the CMRF was announced in the wake of the natural calamity that struck the state recently.

-PTC News