Three tourist destinations in North Sikkim witnessed heavy torrential rains on Friday, resulting in landslides in Chungthang, Mangan district. These landslides blocked the main road and left around 500 tourists stranded at Chungthang. The tourists were en route to Lachung and Lachen Valley.
Indian Army’s Prompt Response
Upon the request of the district administration, the Trishakti Corps of the Indian Army promptly responded to the situation. They swung into action and initiated the rescue operation for the stranded tourists.
Assistance and Relief Measures
The Indian Army took immediate steps to assist the stranded tourists. A total of 216 men, 113 women, and 54 children were shifted to three different Army camps. The Army provided them with hot meals and warm clothing to ensure their comfort.
Army’s Accommodation and Medical Support
To accommodate the stranded tourists, the Army soldiers vacated their own barracks, prioritizing the well-being of the tourists. At least three medical teams conducted thorough health checks on all the tourists. The initial medical assessment found them to be stable. However, one woman who had visited Gurudongmar Lake during the day complained of severe headache and dizziness at midnight.
Medical Care and Stable Condition
The Army’s medical team, including a female medical officer from a nearby field hospital, rushed to the camp to examine the woman. They detected signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and provided immediate medical care. The patient was then shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the hospital. By Saturday morning, her condition had stabilized.
Army’s Ongoing Support
The Indian Army will continue to provide assistance to the stranded tourists until the road is cleared for their further journey. Their quick response not only averted any mishaps but also provided shelter to the tourists overnight.
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