Army men in action at Sela Pass Credit: Rishu Kalantri

Tinsukia: The Army has rescued 111 civilians trapped in snow and sub-zero temperatures from an altitude of 14,000 feet above sea level on Arunachal Pradesh.

The 12-hour-long operation to rescue civilians, including tourists in 70 vehicles, started on February 29 and ended on March 1, the Army said in a press release issued by defence PRO Lt. Col Harsh Wardhan Pande.

Rescue operation underway in Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh

According to Pande, two teams of Indian Army, with medical staff and recovery vehicles, worked throughout the night to move the 111 civilians, including women and children, standard in heavy snow at Sela Pass between Bomdilla and Tawang in sub zero temperatures. “The locals and tourists in distress were also provided with hot tea, snacks and food at the site by Army personnel,” he said.

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The tourists expressed gratitude to the troops of the Indian Army for their efforts which they termed as god-sent help, he added.

Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu’s office, which was monitoring the situation, complimented the Army for their timely and effective response.

A car being pushed to safety in Arunachal Pradesh

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