The mountaineer of Arunachal Pradesh went missing, the foot search squad reached Lonchu, but could not cross the river
A foot search team reached Lonchu on Sunday to trace Arunachal Pradesh's first Mt Everest climber Tapi Mra and his aide missing for nearly two weeks. It is the confluence of the Kameng and Vaapriya Bang rivers. But the search squad could not cross it due to heavy rain.
On the other hand, Army helicopters could not fly in the search operation on Sunday due to bad weather. The administration has set up a medical camp in Lonchu.
Giving information about this, ADC Rajiv Chiduni (in charge of this mission) said that on Sunday, the search squad reached Lonchu on foot. But could not cross the river due to heavy rain. He said the team would try to cross the river tomorrow.
On the other hand, four army helicopters have been deployed for the search operation but due to bad weather, the helicopters could not take off even on Sunday. As soon as the weather improves, these helicopters will go out to find the climbers.
It is noteworthy that Tapi (37) was on an official mission to climb Mount Kyrisatam (6890 m), one of the highest peaks of Arunachal Pradesh. Tapi Mra climbed the world's highest peak Mount Everest on 21 May 2009.a