Indian Army today rescued 127 tourists who were stuck in snow blizzard at Sela Pass near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh in an operation that continued till late night. As per ANI, those rescued include 5 foreign nationals from Japan, New Zealand and Bulgaria. In the midst of the rescue operation, one Bulgarian national died as she fell down the steep gorge. Soon it was reported that some tourists and transients are stuck in the blizzard, Indian Army rushed to the spot and immediate operations were conducted within less than an hour. The entire operations was conducted in the late evening at around 5 pm and the rescue operation went till all 127 tourists were brought back safely. “With darkness setting in by 5 PM, the entire operation was almost conducted in the dark and continued till all 127 tourists, including five foreign nationals, were rescued,” said spokesperson of the Army’s Kolkata-based Eastern Command, Wing Commander SS Birdi after the operations were concluded.
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He said the Bulgarian national slipped and fell into a steep gorge while she was trying to move on her own. Her body was recovered at around midnight. The rescued tourists were accommodated at the Army transit camps and provided with required medical assistance and comforts. The blizzard hit Ahirgarh, Sela and Nuranang in West Kameng district and affected traffic on the road from Tezpur to Tawang. The road had about 2-3 feet of snow and was opened for traffic today by the Border Roads Organisation. The rescue operation was carried out by troops of the Blazing Sword Division.
(With inputs from agencies)