Over 150 tourists were stuck after unprecedented snowfall for two hours blocked all routes leading to Lachung Valley in north district
Gangtok: In yet another swift humanitarian operation, Indian Army rescued over 150 stranded tourists amidst heavy snowfall in North Sikkim, saving precious lives in sub-zero temperatures.
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 including medical staff to locate the tourists in stranded vehicles, provide medical care and bring them to the nearest army camps.
In just four hours, the army soldiers risked their lives to reach out to all stranded persons. One lady with fractured hand was given immediate medical care among many others who complained of dizziness, breathlessness and other high altitude-related symptoms.
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. Choked with emotions, the tourists fell short of words to thank the Indian Army soldier, but the smile on their faces said it all. As per army sources, the rescue operations will continue through the night to locate any other tourist in the area.
On December 28 last year, the Indian Army had evacuated over 3,000 stranded tourists from Nathula Pass in the biggest ever rescue operation carried out in Sikkim. In fact, social media is still flooded with messages of rescued tourists, expressing their gratitude to the Indian Army soldiers who vacated their barracks and provided them with food, shelter and medical care.