Indian Army rescues 2,500 tourists from Sikkim snowfall in Nathu La
New Delhi : With the onset of winter, the snowfall starts in most hill-stations in India. This year, due to heavy snowfall at Nathu La in Sikkim, over 3000 tourists got stuck near the India-China border. Good news is that our powerful Indian Army has rescued all of them and all the tourists are now in comfortable zone.
The tourists who were stuck in Sikkim include men, women and children. They were stranded between the 17 Mile area and Nathu La in Sikkim have now been provided food, shelter and warm clothes by the Army, a defence ministry official said.
“300 to 400 civil vehicles were stranded near 17 Mile carrying over 2500 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 said.
1500 tourists have been accommodated at 17 Mile, while the remaining tourists were shifted to 13 Mile.
Indian Army has also facilitated two sets of JCBs and Dozers of BRO for snow clearance and restoration of road connectivity.
As per source, the evacuation operation will continue till all stranded tourists are safely moved out towards Gangtok.