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Army, IAF airlift stranded tourists from Sikkim

IANS  |  Kolkata 

The of and (IAF), in coordination with the civil administration, has commenced air evacuation of tourists stranded in the rain-hit far flung areas in northern Sikkim, a defence ministry said on Sunday.

Three days ago, areas of northern part of got cut off at several places due to incessant rain resulting in multiple landslides and roads and bridges getting washed away. A number of tourists were stuck there.

"On requisition for aid by civil administration, the immediately pressed for helicopters of aviation and Air Force, for a swift evacuation of stranded tourists for last three days requiring urgent assistance.

"The helicopters have made several sorties from Gangtok and Sevok and evacuated approximately 100 people which included elderly personnel, women and children", the said.

A pregnant lady and her husband were also evacuated.

In addition, medical aid was also provided to people having medical problems before airlifting.

In anticipation of the situation, the has also made necessary arrangements for tents, blankets and for the stranded tourists.

The evacuation operation will continue till all stranded people are moved out from the affected areas.



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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 20:56 IST