Border Police personnel prepare to remove the bodies of mountaineers from a helicopter in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. AFP
Officials say seven bodies believed to be from a missing team of international climbers have been evacuated in helicopters from a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain in northern India.
Local civil administrator Vijay Jogdande says the bodies were brought to Pithoragarh town in northern India's Uttarakhand state on Wednesday in Indian Air Force helicopters.
With the area unsuitable for helicopters, the bodies were then brought down to base camp and four were airlifted to Pithoragarh, the main town in the area, on Wednesday. The other three were set to follow.The foreign embassies will then be informed once this process has been completed.
The missing climbers last communicated on May 26, a day before heavy snow fell and massive avalanches hit the slopes.
Jogdande says the seven bodies remained unidentified so far as their faces are damaged and no identifying papers were found on them.
Veteran British mountaineer Martin Moran was leading three other Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian on an expedition to climb Nanda Devi East. Moran's Scotland-based company said contact with the team was lost on May 26 following an avalanche.
An eighth body hasn't been found.Agencies
Two Indian climbers died near the summit of Mount Kanchenjunga during an expedition on the world’s third highest mountain in Nepal, their hiking company said on Thursday. The climbers were identified as Biplab Baidya, 48, and 46-year-old Kuntal Kanrar,
Bad weather hampered efforts on Monday to bring down the bodies of seven climbers from the upper reaches of the Himalayas, an Indian military spokesman said.
Two Indian air force helicopters conducted reconnaissance missions around the Nanda Devi mountain in the Himalayas for eight missing climbers without success on Sunday and survivors are unlikely to be found, two state government officials said.
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