Indian Army continues assistance to tourists stranded due to landslides in North Sikkim, rescues 300
By ANI | Published: June 19, 2023 05:43 AM2023-06-19T05:43:25+5:302023-06-19T05:45:03+5:30
Gangtok (Sikkim) [India], June 19 : The Indian Army continued its rescue operation for the stranded tourists after a ...
Gangtok (Sikkim) [India], June 19 : The Indian Army continued its rescue operation for the stranded tourists after a bridge was swept away near Chungthang in North Sikkim due to landslides triggered by heavy rains a day earlier in the state, a press release said.
According to an official press release, the troops of the Trishakti Corps of the Indian Army provided assistance on the second day on Sunday to 300 stranded tourists.
"There was a report of 300 tourists likely to come down from Lachung and Lachen. The troops of Striking Lion Division, Trishakti Corps who had worked relentlessly and assisted tourists on the previous day, were fully geared up for the second day as well," it read.
As per the release, on Sunday all 300 tourists were assisted to cross over the temporary bridge for further move towards Gangtok.
"On 18 Jun 2023, by 11 AM, all the 300 tourists were assisted to cross over the temporary bridge for the further move towards Gangtok. The tourists were provided food, resting place and medical comfort by the Indian Army troops," it read.
The officials said that a person fell unconscious and the Army Medical team immediately swung into action.
"At 12:15 PM, a person fell unconscious and the Army Medical team immediately swung into action. The patient was immediately evacuated by ambulance and stretcher and taken to the nearest Army Field Hospital for further treatment," said officials.
Heavy rains lashed North Sikkim on June 16.
On June 17, Troops of the Trishakti Corps, the Indian Army and personnel of the Border Roads Organisation swung into action and worked overnight amid heavy rains to create a temporary crossing over the flash flood area to facilitate the rescue of tourists, the PRO further added.
"The tourists were extended help to cross over the river," it said, adding that efforts are on to restore the road connectivity, while the evacuation of tourists would continue.
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