Gangtok: The Army in coordination with the civil administration on Monday rescued 60 stranded tourists from rain-hit areas of Lachung, Chungthang and Chatten in North Sikkim. For the past few days, several areas of North Sikkim were cut off from the rest of the country due to incessant rains that resulted in several bridges and roads getting washed away.
Responding to the situation, the Army immediately pressed its personnel into action and deployed helicopters to evacuate stranded tourists who were stuck in North Sikkim for the past three days.
The Army helicopters made several sorties between Gangtok and Sevok and evacuated nearly 60 people that included the elderly, women and children. A pregnant woman and her husband were also airlifted from the area. The Army also made necessary arrangements to provide blankets, food and other items to the tourists.
As per reports, the rescue operation will continue for the next few days.