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Sikkim snowfall: Over 1000 tourists rescued by Indian Army

Over a thousand tourists who had been stuck in the upper reaches of East Sikkim near the China Border at Nathu La following heavy snow on Saturday have been finally

Over a thousand tourists who had been stuck in the upper reaches of East Sikkim near the China Border at Nathu La following heavy snow on Saturday have been finally rescued by the Indian Army.

The tourists were rescued by the army personnel of the Black Cat Division posted in the area. The tourists were shifted to the Military camp located near 17 Mile and provided with accommodation, food, warm clothing, and also medical assistance.

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It may be mentioned here that severe snowfall had disrupted normal life in Nathu La, Tsomgo Lake and other adjoining areas on Saturday afternoon, bringing down the temperature to sub Zero levels. It was the season’s first snowfall at North and East Sikkim on Saturday afternoon.

Altogether, there was approximately 1027 tourist in 120 vehicles, who got stranded throughout 15 kilometers.

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Meanwhile, the state government has decided to not issue any permits for Changu and beyond Yumthang till the situation normalises. Authorities will not be issuing any permit given the heavy snowfall that caused a connectivity issue in the area.

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First Published: 26th December, 2021 19:05 IST

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