An avalanche in the Niti Valley in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district led to the death of eight people and critically injured six people. 

“384 BRO persons moved to safety. Eight snow trapped bodies recovered from the two BRO Camps. Six critically injured being evacuated. Air sorties are being attempted to assist medical evacuation. Rescue operations by Army continue unabated,” the Indian Army tweeted. 

Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat conducted an aerial survey of the area hit by the avalanche on Saturday. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed and rescue operation is underway. However, connectivity remains affected, he said.

“We have got information (about a) glacier breakage in Sumna area of Niti Valley. I have issued an alert in this regard. I am in continuous touch with district administration and BRO (Border Roads Organisation),” tweeted the CM. 

In February this year, a massive flood was reported from Uttarakhand after the water level in Dhauliganga river rose suddenly following an avalanche near a power project at Raini village in Tapovan area of Chamoli district. Over 40 people died in the accident. 

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