Over 1000 Tourists Stranded in Sikkim Due to Heavy Snowfall

Guwahati: More than 1,000 visitors who were stuck in Chhangu in East Sikkim due to heavy snowfall were evacuated by the Indian Army, according to officials on March 17.

According to the official, the tourists who were saved included children, women and senior citizens.

The Army earlier on March 12 successfully evacuated 370 tourists who were stranded in East Sikkim as a result of heavy snowfall.

Over 100 cars became stuck in the deep snow while the visitors were travelling back from Natu La & Tsomgo (Changgu) Lake.

In order to assist the trapped visitors, Trishakti Corps troops promptly started “OPERATION HIMRAHAT” in conjunction with Civil Police and Civil Administration.

The relief efforts went on until late at night on March 11.

The army arranged lodging for 360 tourists, comprising 178 men, 142 women and 50 children. The tourists received shelter, warm clothing, medical attention and hot meals from the troops.

Careful cooperation with GREF was made during the early road opening.

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