A massive avalanche near Sikkim’s Nathu La mountain pass has caused the death of seven people, including a child and a woman, and many others are feared trapped under the snow. The incident occurred today, and approximately 150 tourists were in the area when the avalanche struck at 15th Mile in Jawaharlal Nehru road, connecting Gangtok with Nathu La.
The Indian Army has stated that 23 tourists have been rescued so far, including six from deep valley, and have been shifted to nearby medical facilities. Unfortunately, seven persons have succumbed to the avalanche, according to the Army. Around 5-6 vehicles and 20-30 tourists on their way to Nathu La are feared to have been stuck under the snow.
Nathu La Pass is situated on the border with China and is a popular tourist destination, located at a height of 4,310 meters (14,140 feet) above sea level. The area has been a witness to many tragic incidents of avalanches in the past.
RESCUE OPERATIONS UNDERWAY
Rescue operations are currently underway, and dozens of people have been involved in digging out those trapped in the snow. Videos from the site show the magnitude of the tragedy, with many people trying to rescue the victims.
Avalanches have been a recurrent problem in the Nathu La Pass area due to heavy snowfall and the rugged terrain. It is important to take necessary precautions while travelling in such areas during the winter season. It is a reminder for tourists to be vigilant and cautious while travelling to such places.