A ministry officer on duty said communication with the unregistered group was lost on August 10. On August 25, the head of the group called his Moscow relatives and told them about the rockfall and victims.
Kazakh rescuers rendered first aid to those injured. The rescuers said the fragments of one person's body had been found.
The officer on duty said six surviving tourists were to fly on August 27 from Barnaul, an administrative center in Altai, to Moscow, whereas the group head stayed on site.