‘Bleak’ chance of finding climbers missing in Himalayas alive, say Indian officials

Indian officials have said the chance of finding eight missing climbers – including four Britons – alive in the Himalayas is “bleak”.

The group who were attempting to reach the summit of India’s second-highest peak Nanda Devi in Uttarakhand.

Two Indian air force helicopters and a rescue team have been searching the region for survivors for two days now after the climbers failed to return to their base camp on Saturday.

“The first aerial recce has concluded,” said Pithoragarh district chief Vijay Kumar Jogdanda.

“There were only tents spotted, but no human presence. The second helicopter has left for the recce.

“Chances of survival are bleak,” he added, and confirmed there had been an avalanche in the area where the climbers disappeared which they may have been caught up in.

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