GANGTOK- Indian Army’s Trishakti Corps helped the local police and administration in Sikkim rescue some 370 tourists who were stranded owing to heavy snowfall in Nathu La Pass on Saturday.
The tourists were stuck in about 100 vehicles that were returning from Nathu La, a mountain pass on the border with China, and Tsomgo or Changuu lake to the State’s capital Gangtok.
The rescue mission, named Operation Himrahat, continued through the night on March 11, the defence sources said.
“The tourists were moved to safe areas and provided shelter, warm clothing, medical aid and hot meals. The troops arranged accommodation for the 370 tourists (178 men, 142 women and 50 children),” he said.
The relief operations continued through late night on March 11. The tourists were moved to safe areas and provided shelter, warm clothing, medical aid and hot meals.
A day later, on Sunday morning, the road opening was taken up with the assistance of GREF dozers. By 9 am, the road was cleared to enable movement of the vehicles to Gangtok.