Eight people have died due to avalanche in Chamoli, Uttarakhand.
Gopeshwar Uttarakhand Eight personnel of the Border Roads Organization (BRO) were killed and seven were injured in an avalanche in the Chamoli district of India adjacent to the Indo-China border. Apart from this, 31 personnel are missing. Officials gave this information on Saturday. Uttarakhand Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar said that a total of 430 BRO personnel were present at the road construction site during the avalanche on Friday. He said that the bodies of two persons were found on Friday night from the avalanche site in Niti Valley Kesumna area, while on Saturday, six more bodies were recovered. The DGP said that 384 out of 430 personnel have so far reached ITBP and Army camps in the area. Eight personnel have died and 31 personnel are missing.
Army, ITBP, SDRF and NDRF personnel are engaged in joint search and rescue operations in the affected area. The injured have been rescued and taken to Army Hospital in Joshimath via helicopters. The DGP said that Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and army posts are safe in Sumna. Sumna, where the avalanche occurred, is about 25 km from Malari village and is near the confluence of two streams of the Dhauli Ganga – Girthigad and Kiogad. A devastating avalanche occurred in February in Dhauli Ganga and 80 people lost their lives and 126 went missing. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat conducted an aerial survey to take stock of the situation. The army and district administration have been monitoring the search and rescue operations since Friday night.
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ITBP and personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have also joined them. According to Rawat, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured all possible assistance in the rescue operation. A similar avalanche occurred in Sumna in the year 1991, in which 11 ITBP personnel were killed.
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