The bodies of five out of six hikers who feared they died on the Suderdhunga trek in Bageshwar district were found on Sunday as the cumulative death toll in rain-related accidents in Uttarakhand rose to 77. However, the search is still underway for another trek in the district, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) sources said here.
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Meanwhile, 19 people stranded in the Cavney Glacier were taken back to their village of Chuni and 33 people stranded in the Pindari Glacier were evacuated to safety. They said two missing hikers on their way to Chitcol via Harsel in the Uttarkashi district have not yet been found.
The bodies of seven hikers – part of the 11-member team – were recovered on Sunday while two other members of the group, who were rescued alive, are undergoing treatment two days ago. Bodies of hikers from West Bengal were sent home after an autopsy was examined, while her family in Uttarkashi performed last rites for a walking journey from Delhi, Devendra Patwal, a district disaster management official, said.
Prime Minister Pushkar Singh Damy on Sunday visited the damaged Gola Bridge in Haldwani and said war-based work would be done to restore traffic. Accompanied by Government Ministers Yateshwaranand and Dan Singh Rawat, Damy said the state government stands with those affected who will get all the help.