4 feared dead in Uttarakhand after group of 22 goes missing due to bad weather

A group of 22 trekkers en route to Sahastra Tal in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi went missing and got trapped due to bad weather. Four of them were feared killed and rescue teams were sent to the spot to rescue the remaining trekkers.
4 feared dead in Uttarakhand after group of 22 goes missing due to bad weather
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Four people were feared killed after a 22-member trekking team, which had gone trekking to Sahastra Tal in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi, lost their way due to bad weather and got trapped along the route.

Uttarkashi District Magistrate Meharban Singh Bisht said that the trekking team comprising 18 members from Karnataka, one from Maharashtra and three local guides were on their way on a trekking expedition to Sahastra Tal on May 29 and were to return on June 7.

However, the team lost its way due to bad weather and the trekking agency, Himalayan View Tracking Agency, Maneri, informed authorities about four people who were feared killed and requested the evacuation of 13 trapped members.

Bisht requested the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to send rescue teams to the spot and rescue the trekkers. He also ordered to send local-level rescue teams to the site as well.

He said Sahastra Tal is located at an altitude of about 4,100-4,400 metres and that the incident site is located in the border area of ​​Uttarkashi and Tehri districts. "For the quick rescue of the trekking team, we have set rescue teams to Uttarkashi and Ghansali Tehri sides," he added.

Sahastra Tal is a group of seven lakes on a peak and it is believed that Pandavas had left for heaven from this place.

The District Magistrate wrote to the Joint Secretary of the Central Defence Department for air rescue and the SDRF commandant for ground rescue assistance.

He also said the trekking agency had informed authorities to send people from Silla village to the spot to assist rescue teams. A request was also made to send teams of police and the forest department from the Tehri district to the spot.

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4 feared dead in Uttarakhand after group of 22 goes missing due to bad weather

The Tehri district administration sent teams to rescue the trekkers trapped at Sahastra Tal.

Source: India Today

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