2 more missing hikers found dead in Uttarakhand

2 more missing hikers found dead in Uttarakhand, death toll reaches 7.

Two more members of an 11-person trekking team, who had gone missing, were found dead, bringing the death toll to seven, while a search was conducted for the remaining two, authorities here said Friday.

Two members of the team had been rescued alive Thursday. They are injured and are being treated in Harsil and Uttarkashi, an official said.

They had disappeared on a trip to Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh via Harsil in Uttarkashi.

Search and rescue teams from Uttarkashi detected five bodies of hikers on Thursday, while two team members were found dead by a rescue team in Himachal Pradesh, said Uttarkashi District Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal.

The two missing members of the war footing team are being searched with the help of a helicopter, said Colonel Rajendra Prasad of the 9th Bihar Regiment.

The team of eight hikers, one from Delhi and the rest from West Bengal, and three cooks went missing on a trip to Chitkul recently.

They had started the trek from Harsil in the Uttarkashi district on October 11 and would reach Chitkul via the Lamkhaga pass.

Members of the trekking team included Anita Rawat (38) from Delhi, Mithun Dari (31) from West Bengal, Tanmay Tiwari (30), Vikash Makal (33), Saurav Ghosh (34), Saviayan Das (28), Richard Mandal (30) and Suken Manjhi (43), all from Calcutta.

The kitchen staff has been identified as Devendra (37), Gyan Chandra (33), and Upendra (32) all from Purola in Uttarkashi.


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