In a major rescue operation carried out, the Indian Army salvaged over 3,000 tourists, most of whom were stuck near the India-China border in Sikkim’s Nathula Pass.
The tourists were stuck due to heavy snowfall in the region.
The number of tourists rescued were so humongous that the Army personnel had to vacate their barracks to accommodate them.
It was informed by the local Army sources that they have provided the rescued tourists with food, shelter and warm clothes.
Many of those rescued included women and children.
It is estimated that over a 1000 tourists have been accommodated at 17 Mile, while the remaining tourists were shifted to 13 Mile.
The Army has also provided heavy machines and dozers of the Border Roads Organisation for snow clearance and restoration of road connectivity.>