Sikkim avalanche: Child among 7 dead, over 20 rescue

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Several tourists were killed and many more injured in the Nathula area, while a rescue operation is underway

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GANGTOK: On Tuesday, an avalanche hit Sikkim’s Nathula area, killing seven people, including a child. The incident occurred near the 15th milestone on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, where the avalanche trapped five to six vehicles carrying 20-30 tourists on their way to Nathula, according to defence sources.

The Trishakti Corps troops, the Indian Army, and the BRO Project SWASTIK team immediately launched a rescue mission, which resulted in the rescue of 23 tourists, including six who were rescued from a deep valley, by 4 pm. These rescued individuals were transported to nearby medical facilities operated by the Indian Army. The search and rescue missions are still ongoing in the affected area.

Additionally, 350 stranded tourists and 80 vehicles were rescued after the snow was cleared from the roads.

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