Hemkund Yatra resumes

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Joshimath, Jun 26 (UNI) The Hemkund yatra resumed today even as frantic rescue operations, to dig out seven more bodies believed to be buried under a glacier in Ghangharia, on the pedestrian road to the Sikh Holy shrine, continued.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police and engineers of the Joshimath Army are examining the glacier to identify weak spots which could be marked for a number of small intensity blasts, SDM Joshimath Nidhi Yadav told UNI today. She said this would help to dig out the bodies buried underneath the glacier.

''The Joshimath Police station had yesterday reported seven people missing and there was a possibility that they were among the ill-fated pilgrims crushed when the glacier broke on Tuesday'', Ms Yadav said.

She said one body was dug out from the site last evening and its identification would be done after being brought to Govindghat.

A total of eight pilgrims have so far been killed in one of the worst religious accidents of the state this year amid fears that the toll could rise.

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