Nearly 400 tourists were left stranded in Sikkim in the aftermath of heavy snowfall in the region. Approximately 100 vehicles were returning from Nathula and Tsomgo Lake on Saturday when they were left stranded.
Immediately, troops of Trishakti Corps, in collaboration with the civil police and civil administration, launched a rescue mission ‘Operation Himrahat’ to rescue the stranded tourists.
The relief operations continued through late night on March 11. The tourists were moved to safe areas and provided shelter, warm clothing, medical aid and hot meals. The troops arranged accommodation for the stay of the tourists, including 178 males, 142 women and 50 children.
A day later, on Sunday morning, the road opening was taken up with the assistance of GREF dozers. By 9 am, the road was cleared to enable movement of the vehicles to Gangtok.