11 trekkers trapped in Panpatia glaciers in Uttarakhand
A State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team launched a hunt on the route near Badrinath shrine on Tuesday and are expected to locate the trekkers soon.Updated: Sep 27, 2017 09:14 IST
Eleven trekkers, including a senior Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) officer, have been trapped under snow for the last two days on a trekking route between the Hindu shrines, Kedarnath and Badrinath, at an altitude of 4,200 metres on the Himalayas in Uttarakhand.
A rescue team from the Uttarakhand State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) launched a hunt on Panpatia Col trekking route at Madmaheshwar near Badrinath shrine on Tuesday and are expected to locate the trekkers soon.
There was heavy snowfall in Panpatia glacier last week, which is likely to hamper rescue efforts.
Also, Panpatia Col trekking route is considered to be one of the harshest routes in Garhwal region of Himalayas that acts as a bridge between two famous Chardham pilgrimage shrines, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Experts say trekkers need sound acclimatisation before the start their trip.
On Tuesday, Border Roads Organisation (BRO) chief engineer Umesh Mehta had sent out a message saying IOC’s deputy general manager of Barauni Refinery, along with four other colleagues, have been trapped under heavy snow on the Panpatia Col trekking route for the last two days.
“Please provide help for rescue through SDRF,” he said.
According to SDRF, apart from five IOC officials, nearly six more trekkers are likely to be trapped under the snow and efforts are being made to find them.