Sixteen people were confirmed dead after an avalanche struck the Mount Draupadi Ka Danda 2 peak near Uttarkashi, India, on Thursday, October 6, according to police reports.
Local news reported that the avalanche struck a team of climbers from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi when they were returning from summiting Draupadi’s Danda-2 peak.
Authorities said heliborne operations had been suspended due to weather conditions, and the evacuation of bodies with resume on Friday, October 7, if conditions allowed.
Footage posted to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Twitter page shows officers helping rescued individuals. Credit: Indo-Tibetan Border Police via Storyful