Army rescues 18 civilians after vehicle stuck in Khardung La

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Army on Friday said that its troops from the Siachen brigade rescued at least eighteen civilians and some vehicles after they got stuck in heavy snowfall at North Pullu and Khardung La Top.

“On April 21 evening, due to heavy snowfall, vehicle traffic was disrupted along the route from North Pullu – Khardung La Top – South Pullu leading to civilian vehicles getting stranded near Khardung La Top and North Pullu. The Indian Army troops of the Siachen Brigade immediately launched a rescue operation to extricate the stranded civilians,” a statement issued to a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO) reads.

The Army said that at a distance of five km from North Pullu towards Khardung La Top, three vehicles were stranded between snow slides and one vehicle had overturned. “Indian Army detachments from North Pullu along with the Avalanche Rescue Teams cleared the snow slide and rescued eight civilians from the site. After checking their health parameters at North Pullu, few civilians who were from nearby Khardung Village were dropped off to their respective houses and the remainder was accommodated at Khalsar.”

“At Khardung La Top, a total of 10 civilians and one Scorpio, one Civil Gypsy and a mini bus were rescued. They were provided immediate first aid and medical screening was carried out to check their vitals,” Army said, adding that “all these civilians were provided food and accommodation from within the limited resources available with the Indian Army detachment at the site”.

“The timely and bold actions of the Indian Army in extreme weather saved precious human life and was well appreciated by the locals,” it added. (KNO)

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