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Sikkim: Indian Army rescues 1027 tourists, provides accommodation, meals, clothing and medical support

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The Indian Army, on Sunday, December 26, rescued as many as 1027 tourists from several parts of Sikkim.

Since December 25, parts of East Sikkim bordering China – Nathu La and Tsomgo received snow resulting in vehicles and tourists being stranded in the region.

Indian Army’s statements

Indian Army Sikkim The North-Eastern Chronicle

“On 25 Dec 2021, approx 1027 tourists who had been stuck in the upper reaches of East Sikkim near the China Border at Nathu La following heavy snow on Saturday were rescued by the Indian Army,” said the statement of Indian Army.

“After the heavy snowfall, the vehicles started skidding on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg that connects these areas with Gangtok. Altogether, there were approx 1027 tourists in 120 vehicles, who got stranded over a stretch of 15 Kilometres,” added the statement.

Army provides accommodation, meal and clothing

Army personnel of Black Cat Division posted in the area intervened, rescued the tourists in army vehicles and shifted them to Military camp located near 17 Mile. All the tourists were provided with accommodation, hot meals, warm clothing and critical medical support.

There was severe snowfall in areas of Nathu La, Tsomgo Lake and adjoining areas on Saturday afternoon, lowering the temperature to sub Zero levels. Parts of North and East Sikkim received the season’s first snowfall and saw a huge number of tourists thronging the states after the government opened its doors for tourists.

Also read: SIKKIM: 275 TOURIST VEHICLES STRANDED AT NATHULA AFTER HEAVY SNOWFALL

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