Over 400 tourists who had been stuck in the upper reaches of East Sikkim near the China border at Nathu-la following a snowstorm on Thursday were rescued by the Indian army and were provided with food, accommodation and medical support.
Sources said a severe snowstorm had occurred in areas like Nathu-la, Tsomgo (Changu) Lake and adjoining areas on Thursday afternoon, bringing down the temperature to sub-zero levels.
“After the snowstorm, the vehicles started skidding on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg that connects these areas with Gangtok. Altogether, there were 447 tourists in 155 vehicles, who got stranded over a stretch of 15km,” said a source.
As it was risky to drive along the mountainous road in…