The search and rescue teams have recovered the bodies of Assam’s Deepshikha Hazarika and Meghalaya’s Tiklu Jyrwa, who alongwith a team of 41 mountaineers was reported ‘missing’ in the avalanche that recently struck Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand.
Jyrwa – a member of the Meghalaya Sport Climbing & Mountaineering Association (MeSCMA), was listed as one of the trainee mountaineers and instructors from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, who were reported ‘missing’ in the avalanche, while returning from Mount Draupadi Ka Danda II.
He was selected earlier this year to participate in a basic mountaineering course at the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) at Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh.
Taking to Twitter, the Meghalaya CM has condoled the demise of mountaineer – Tiklu Jyrwa. “Extremely sad to share that Mr. Tiklu Jyrwa, the mountaineer from Shillong who along with a team of mountaineers went missing after an avalanche hit them in Uttarakhand has passed away. We are in touch with the family and are facilitating the transportation of his mortal remains to Shillong. My prayers for his family and loved ones during their hour of grief. May the departed Rest In Peace.” – he wrote.
We are in touch with the family and are facilitating the transportation of his mortal remains to Shillong.
My prayers for his family and loved ones during their hour of grief. May the departed Rest In Peace.
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) October 8, 2022
However, Deepshikha is a resident of Rajgarh in Assam’s Guwahati. She is the daughter of Golap Hazarika. Deepshikha’s family members have reached Uttarakhand and her body will be brought back to Assam after the postmortem.
According to an official statement issued by the NIM, “The course arrived at Base Camp on September 25. As per the training schedule on October 4, the course moved for High Altitude Navigation and height gain to Mount Draupadi ka Danda-II (5670m) at 4.00 am while returning back from the mountain peak the Advance Mountaineering Course was met with an avalanche occurred above camp-1 in which 34 trainees and 7 mountaineering instructors were caught under avalanche at 08:45 hrs.”
As per the Officer of District Disaster Management – Devendra Patwal, Inclement weather has interrupted search and rescue operations. Besides, the aerial rescue operations can be resumed only after the weather improves.