NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An aerial search for eight climbers feared swept away in an avalanche on a remote mountain in the Indian Himalayas resumed on Monday, officials said, though bad weather was hampering the effort.
The climbers – four from Britain, two from the United States, and one each from Australia and India – were reported missing by colleagues on Friday after they failed to return to their base camp near Nanda Devi, India’s second highest mountain.
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A rescue operation began over the weekend but made little progress.
On Monday, an air force helicopter flew over the area where they went missing, without seeing anyone. A second flight was scheduled for later in the day.
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“The weather conditions are not favorable,” Sanjay Gunjiyal, a senior police official in the state, told Reuters.
“The area is very avalanche prone.”
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A team of mountaineers is ready to mount a rescue if the climbers are found, but it would take at least a week to reach the area where they are believed to have gone missing, he said.
The party was attempting to climb an unnamed, previously unclimbed 6,477 meter (21,250 feet) peak near Nanda Devi when their route was hit by a “sizeable avalanche”, the company that organized the expedition, Moran Mountain, said on Monday.
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“We are working on the assumption, and with the sense of urgency, that they are still alive,” said Tripti Bhatt, an official of the Uttarakhand State Disaster Response Force, though other officials said on Sunday the group’s chances of survival were...
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