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Contact with 7 missing trekkers established

Dehradun: A day after a seven-member trekking team, including two persons from Delhi, went missing due to sudden snowfall on the Pandav Sera trek route in Rudraprayag, the District Disaster Management Authority managed to establish contact with them over the phone on Sunday. However, they are yet to trace their exact location owing to bad weather. 
DDMA officials said that "all the missing men are safe" and they would be brought back with the help of an Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper which will leave from Joshimath once the weather clears, most likely by Monday morning.
Rudraprayag's disaster management officer (DMO) Nandan Singh Rajwar said the seven-member team includes three trekkers- two from Delhi and one from Dehradun, identified as Ajay Singh, Srinivasan, and Ajay Negi- and four porters. The three trekkers work for a private news channel, he added. 
Rajwar further said that he has been "in regular contact with the trekkers since Sunday morning." "They are all fine but unable to move much due to the snow. They are left with probably a day's ration and drinking water. We assured them that they would be rescued soon."
He added that there were nine people when the team started its journey on May 21. "Two porters left the group midway on Friday, but are yet to reach their village as the route is about 80km long," the DMO said.
On Saturday, a high-altitude team of SDRF had left from Dehradun in a Chopper to trace the missing trekkers but had to abort the operation due to heavy snowfall in the upper reaches.

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