Uttarkashi, 5th October 2022: On Tuesday morning (October 4), an avalanche trapped numerous people on the Draupadi’s Danda-2 mountain top in Uttarakhand. They were all a part of a 40-person trekking crew from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) in Uttarkashi. The group included 33 trainees and seven instructors.
On September 23, the group set out for their climb from Uttarkashi. At a height of 16,000 feet, the avalanche struck the group. In order to find the group and save them, the local and federal emergency response forces hurried to the area.
Reportedly, ten bodies were spotted out of which four have been found.
The authorities launched air rescue efforts on Tuesday evening to rescue stranded residents in the Draupadi ka Danda region of Uttarkashi, but ran into difficulties because of bad weather.
Three Air Force helicopters have departed to assist, while three Indian Army helicopters are actively involved in the rescue efforts on site. Six injured persons were transported back to the 2nd Battalion ITBP at Uttarkashi’s Matli helipad by one of the two choppers that are still in service. 27 persons are still missing as of right now. The rescue operations are going on.
Umesh Zirpe, President, Akhil Maharashtra Giryrohan Mahasangh (AMGM) said, “We are extremely saddened by the devastating news of Avalanche Tragedy during the Advance Mountaineering Course at NIM Uttarkashi. It has been the severest tragedy in the mountains so far. We express our deepest condolences to the bereaved families. Various rescue organisations are undergoing the search and rescue operations. We now pray for the best.”
Meanwhile Prime Minister Modi also expressed his grief. The PMO tweeted, “It is saddening that we have lost precious lives of those associated with a NIM Uttarkashi mountaineering expedition. Condolences to the bereaved families. Rescue operations are underway and the situation is being closely monitored by the authorities.”