Avalanche hits India’s Uttarakhand state; 10 killed, 31 missing, 384 rescued

At least ten people died and 31 were reported missing after an avalanche hit the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

A total of 430 BRO workers were at the road-construction site when the avalanche occurred, Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar said. So far 384 people have been rescued.

The avalanche struck at 4:00pm on Sumna-Rimkhim road in Uttarakhand on Friday.

The area has been experiencing heavy rainfall and snowfall for the past few days.

The road holds two labour camps and an Indian Army camp within a 1km stretch.

Rescue operations were launched immediately by the Indian Army. LAter, ITBP, SDRF and NDRF personnel later joined the rescue operations to locate the missing.

Six people, who were injured in the avalanche, are admitted to Military Hospital in Joshimath and one has been referred to the Military Hospital in Dehradun.