127 Tourists, Stuck In Blizzard Near Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang, Rescued; 1 Dead

ITANAGAR, ARUNACHAL PRADESH: A Bulgarian woman died while 127 other tourists, including five foreigners, were rescued by the army after they were stuck in a raging blizzard at the historic Sela Pass near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

The snowstorm had struck around 2:45 pm yesterday between Ahirgarh, Sela and Nuranang on the road from Tezpur to Tawang in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Troops of the Blazing Sword Division swung into action within an hour, and in a rescue mission that continued till late last night, rescued the tourists including nationals from Japan, New Zealand and Bulgaria.

“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,” a senior army official said.

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 persons were accommodated at Army transit camps and provided with medical assistance, the official said.

The road had about two-three feet of snow and was opened for traffic today by the Border Roads Organisation.