Two hours-150 tourists rescued by Indian Army from Sikkim’s heavy snowfall

At least 150 tourist has been trapped amidst heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures in North Sikkim. Indian army come to rescue them on Wednesday evening.

According to the senior official of the Army Eastern Command, “We rescued stranded tourists amidst heavy snowfall in North Sikkim. Unprecedented snowfall in a span of two hours had cut off the popular tourist destinations in Lachung Valley, rendering the tourists helpless. The troops of Trishakti Corps immediately launched Quick Reaction Teams (QRT) including medical staff to locate the tourists in stranded vehicles, provide medical care and bring them to the nearest army camps.”

Trapped tourist suffering from dizziness, breathlessness and other high altitude related symptoms. Among them there were some elderly people and children. Lady with a fractured hand was given immediate medical care.

“All rescued tourists are being provided, food, shelter and medical care at the army camps keeping in view the unabated snowfall and temperatures dipping down to minus 10 degrees,” added the officer.

Sources in the Army said that rescue and search operations will continue through the night to locate any other tourist who may have been stranded in the area.

This is the second such rescue operations that have been carried out in this winter.


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