GANGTOK, May 20: The Indian Army rescued 500 stranded tourists, including 54 children, from north Sikkim as torrential rain in parts of the Himalayan state caused landslides and roadblocks, a defence official said today. Heavy rain was witnessed in Lachen, Lachung and Chungthang on Friday.
As a result of the downpour, approximately 500 tourists, who were travelling to Lachung and Lachen valley, were stranded at Chungthang due to landslides and roadblocks en route, he said. "On request from SDM Chungthang, troops of Trishakti Corps, Indian Army swung into action and rescued the stranded tourists to safety. "The stranded tourists included 216 men, 113 women and 54 children, and they were moved to three different army camps. They were provided with hot meals and warm clothing," the defence spokesperson said. He also said, "The quick reaction by the troops avoided any mishap. Efforts are on to clear the roads for vehicular movement as soon as possible.
The tourists will be provided with all assistance until the route is cleared for their further journey." The troops vacated their barracks to accommodate the tourists and make them comfortable for the night, he said. Three medical teams were formed to check the health condition of all the travellers, the official said. "Initial medical check-up by the army medical teams found all tourists stable," he said, adding that a woman who had visited Gurudongmar Lake complained of severe headache and dizziness.