New Delhi/Gangtok, Dec 29 : The Indian Army has rescued around 2,500 tourists who were stranded near the India-China border in Sikkim's Nathu La due to heavy snowfall.
As many as 400 vehicles were stranded near 17 mile carrying over 2,500 tourists who were returning from Nathu La pass.
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. As many as 1,500 tourists 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. (UNI)