The Indian Army has swiftly rescued over 2500 tourists stranded due to heavy snowfall between 17 mile and Nathu La in Sikkim.
Due to snowfall on December 28, over 400 vehicles got stuck near 17 mile while they were returning from Nathu La pass along Indo China border.
On receiving information, the Army immediately swung into action to provide rescue and relief to the stranded tourists including food, shelter, warm clothing and medicines, a defence official said.
The tourists included women, children and elderly persons.
1500 tourist have been accommodated at 17 Mile while rest of them are at 13 Mile.
The Army has also provided two sets of JCBs and Dozers of Border Road Organization (BRO) for snow clearance and restoration of road connectivity.
As per the defence official, the evacuation operation will continue till all stranded tourists are safely moved out towards Gangtok.