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Uttarkashi Avalanche: 3 more bodies recovered, death toll rises to 19

Three more bodies recovered from them site of avalanche Here, the death toll rose to 19, the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering said on Friday.

Two Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters took off from Harsil in Uttarakhand to assist in the search operation, officials said.

The avalanche occurred on Tuesday at an altitude of 17,000 feet when a team from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) was returning after climbing Draupadi Ka Danda II summit.

The NIM said three more bodies were recovered from the avalanche site late Thursday evening, taking the total number of bodies recovered so far to 19.

It said that 17 of these bodies are of trainee climbers, while two are of their trainers.

According to NIM, 10 trainees are still missing.

Army, IAF, NIM, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, High Altitude Warfare School (Jammu and Kashmir) and the State Disaster Response Force along with the district administration are conducting a search operation launched hours after the avalanche struck on Tuesday.

The climbers who went missing after the avalanche were part of the team selected by NIM for an advanced training course.

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