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8 dead, 4 injured in Joshimath avalanche in Uttarakhand, CM Tirath Singh Rawat performs aerial survey

About 391 BRO employees among more than 400 who were working when the avalanche occurred on Friday arrived in the fields of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) safely, said CM Rawat, who conducted an aerial survey of the area to assess the damage.

Gopeshwar: At least eight workers from the Border Roads Organization (BRO) were killed in an avalanche near the border with Indochina in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, officials said on Saturday (April 24). Two bodies were recovered from the site in the Sumna area of ​​the Niti Valley on Friday night, while another six were recovered on Saturday, said district magistrate Swati Bhadauria.

Four wounded were rescued from the site, where rescue operations are taking place, quoted PTI, Uttarakhand’s chief minister, Tirath Singh Rawat, in Joshimath. About 391 BRO employees among more than 400 who were working when the avalanche occurred on Friday arrived in the fields of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) safely, said CM Rawat, who conducted an aerial survey of the area to assess the damage.

Sumna, where the avalanche took place, is approximately 25 km from the village of Malari and located near the confluence of Girthigad and Kiogad, two streams that originate from Dhauli Ganga, who witnessed a calamitous avalanche in February in which 80 people were killed and 126 disappeared.

Heavy snowfall in the area is hampering rescue operations, which are being carried out jointly by the ITBP, NDRF and SDRF, said CM Rawat. Union Interior Minister Amit Shah has guaranteed all aid in rescue operations, Rawat said.

A similar avalanche in Sumna killed eleven ITBP employees in 1991.

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