Gangtok, 10 jan:
In yet another swift humanitarian operation, Army rescued over 150 tourists stranded by heavy snowfall in North Sikkim, saving precious lives in sub zero temperatures on 10 Jan 2019.
Unprecedented snowfall within a span of two hours cut off Lachung rendering the tourists helpless, a press release informs.
The troops of Trishakti Corps immediately launched Quick Reaction Teams including medical staff to locate the tourists in stranded vehicles, provide medical care and bring them to the nearest army camps.
Within four hours, the soldiers, risking their lives, reached out to all stranded persons. One lady with fractured hand was given immediate medical care amongst many others who complained of dizziness, breathlessness and other high altitude related symptoms.
All rescued tourists are being provided food, shelter and medical care at the army camps keeping in view the unabated snowfall and temperatures dipping down to minus 10 degrees.
Choked with emotions, the tourists fell short of words to thank the soldiers, but the smile on their faces said it all.
As per army sources, the rescue operations will continue through the night to locate any other tourists still stranded in the area.
It may be recalled that earlier on 28 Dec 2018, Indian Army had evacuated over 3,000 stranded tourists from Nathula area in the biggest ever rescue operation carried out in Sikkim.
In fact the social media is still flooded with messages of the rescued tourists, expressing their gratitude to the Indian Army soldiers who vacated their barracks and provided them with food, shelter and medical care.