19 people have been killed in the Uttarkashi avalanche, 3 more bodies have been recovered

Several more bodies have been recovered from an avalanche site here, bringing the death toll to 19, the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering announced on Friday.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) took off two helicopters from Harsil in Uttarakhand to assist in the search operations.

On Tuesday, an avalanche occurred at the height of 17,000 feet while a team from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) was returning from the top of Draupadi Ka Danda II.

On Thursday evening, the NIM said it recovered three more bodies from the avalanche site, bringing the total to 19.

According to the report, 17 of these bodies belong to trainee mountaineers and two to their instructors.

NIM says 10 trainees are still missing.

As part of the search operations launched hours after the avalanche struck on Tuesday, the army, IAF, NIM, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, High Altitude Warfare School (Jammu and Kashmir), and State Disaster Response Force are taking part.

A team of mountaineers chosen by the NIM for advanced training went missing after the avalanche.

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