The Indian Army has rescued over 3,000 tourists who were stuck near the India-China border in Sikkim’s Nathula Pass due to Heavy Snowfall. The jawans have vacated their barracks to accommodate the stranded tourists.
The tourists were returning from the India-China border in Sikkim, said officials. They were on their way back from Nathu La pass and Tsomgo (Changu) Lake on Friday (Dec 28) evening when snowfall covered the region and blocked roads.
“300 to 400 civil vehicles were stranded near 17 Mile carrying tourists who were returning after visiting Nathu La Pass along the Indo-China border. The Indian Army immediately swung into action to provide rescue and relief to the stranded tourists including food, shelter, warm clothing and medicines,” the official told news agency ANI.
Around 1,500 tourists have been accommodated at 17 Mile, while the remaining tourists were shifted to 13 Mile, the official said.
“Indian Army rescued more than 2500 civilians stuck in more than 400 vehicles around Nathula, Sikkim due to heavy snowfall. All were provided food, shelter & medical care last night,” the Army tweeted Saturday (Dec 29).
#Relief #RescueOperation.#IndianArmy rescued more than 2500 civilians stuck in more than 400 vehicles around Nathula, Sikkim due to heavy snowfall. All were provided food, shelter & medical care last night. #AlwaysWithYou pic.twitter.com/FoaXnGNXQV— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) December 29, 2018
The Army has also provided heavy machines and dozers of the Border Roads Organisation for snow clearance and restoration of road connectivity.
Due to heavy snow cover on roads and freezing temperature, the Army is unable to move the tourists ahead, but say that the evacuation operation will continue till all stranded tourists are safely moved out towards Gangtok.
(With ANI Inputs)
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