Over 2,500 stranded tourists rescued by army in Sikkim

Tourists rescue by Army in Sikkim
Darjeeling: The Indian Army emerged as the savior for more than 2,500 tourists stranded at the Indo-China border of Nathula (14,400 ft) in Sikkim on Friday owing to heavy snowfall. All the tourists were safely evacuated to Gangtok on Saturday. The army personnel even vacated their barracks and camps to accommodate the stranded tourists. Nathula, 52 km from Gangtok, is a popular tourist destination. Owing to the heavy snowfall on Friday the tourists got stranded.

"There were around 2,500 tourists including women and children. We shifted all those who were there above 13,000 ft to 9000 ft. Our boys vacated the transit camp and barracks which were used to accommodate the tourists. We ensured that people who required medical attention got it. They all were fed and kept warm," stated Brigadier Dhadwal, who over saw the operations. Around 90 persons who were sick were sent in 10 army gypsies and 3 ambulances. At 11:50 am on Saturday, around 355 tourist vehicles started moving from 17th Mile. By the end of the day, all the tourists were safely evacuated. "Hats off to the Indian Army who offered their bedding and food. Truly overwhelmed by the hospitality," said a tourist.

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The Indian Army emerged as the savior for more than 2,500 tourists stranded at the Indo-China border of Nathula (14,400 ft) in Sikkim on Friday owing to heavy snowfall.

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