DEHRADUN : The death toll in extreme weather-hit Uttarakhand touched 67 on Friday. Authorities said 12 trekkers have been confirmed dead. Kapkot (Bageshwar) subdivisional magistrate Paritosh Verma told TOI that the operation to recover the bodies had to be halted due to bad weather. “We will bring the bodies back on Saturday,” he said. The dead trekkers include a woman from New Delhi and nine people from West Bengal. The identities of two trekkers or where they are from has still not been established. Devendra Patwal, district disaster management officer of Uttarkashi, said the bodies found on Thursday have been brought to Harsil while rescue teams are still trying to retrieve the other bodies. Some of the dead climbers have been identified as Tanmay Tiwari (30), Vikas Makal (33), Saurav Ghosh (34), Saviyan Das (28) — all from West Bengal — and Anita Rawat (38), a resident of Hari Nagar in Delhi. “Two group members are still missing,” said Patwal, adding that search operations will continue on Saturday. In other parts of Uttarakhand stranded trekkers had to be rescued via choppers. In Bageshwar, 61 trekkers, including six US nationals, were airlifted from Pindari, Kafni and Sunderdhunga glaciers. Over 100 tourists stuck in Darma and Byas valleys in Pithoragarh are also being airlifted, said authorities. Nainital continues to remain the worst-affected district with 35 confirmed deaths. In Cham- pawat, 11 people have been killed while six people have lost their lives in Almora. Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami took stock of rain-hit areas on Friday.

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