Sikkim Avalanche SnowFall: Indian Army Rescues 500 Stranded Tourists from Nathula

IMD Alerts for fresh western disturbances to bring light to moderate rainfall and snowfall

Fresh westerly disturbances are anticipated to bring light to moderate rainfall and snowfall across the Western Himalayan Region in the next two days, as per the Indian Meteorological Department’s bulletin issued on Friday.

On February 26th, isolated areas in Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh Gilgit, Baltistan, and Muzaffarabad may experience light rainfall or snowfall. Similar conditions are forecasted for Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on February 26th and 27th, 2024.

The IMD predicts scattered to fairly widespread light to moderate rainfall/snowfall with thunderstorms and lightning over Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, with light to moderate rainfall expected over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura on February 23rd. Isolated to scattered light to moderate rainfall is expected in the region on February 24th and 25th. Isolated heavy rainfall/snowfall is likely in parts of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim on February 23rd.

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Sikkim Avalanche SnowFall: Indian Army Rescues 500 Stranded Tourists from Nathula

Amid an avalanche in Sikkim, the Indian Army’s Trishakti Corps executed a successful rescue operation, ensuring the safety of approximately 500 stranded tourists in Nathula amidst unexpected heavy snowfall.

Civilian Assistance by Tri-Shakti Corps in rescue operation

In an official statement, the army highlighted the prompt response of the Trishakti Corps, showcasing their dedication to civilian welfare.

Armed Forces Aid Stranded Tourists from Sikkim Avalanche

Skilled in managing extreme weather conditions, army personnel promptly provided stranded individuals with essential support such as hot meals, medical assistance, and safe passage.

Tri-Shakti Corps’ Preparedness on Sikkim Border

The statement underscored the preparedness of the Tri-Shakti Corps to assist both civilian authorities and the populace, while also maintaining border security in Sikkim.

Avalanche Alert and Road Blockages due to heavy snowfall by BRO

The Border Roads Organization (BRO) issued an avalanche alert as heavy snowfall blocked key roads in North and East Sikkim, disrupting socio-economic activities.

Connectivity Restored to Lachen Valley by BRO 

Despite challenges posed by post-flood damage, the BRO successfully restored communication lines to the Lachen Valley, facilitating connectivity through the Donkala Pass at an altitude of 18,200 feet.

Swastik Mobilizing Project for Border Roads

Proactively, the Border Roads Organization has ensured the continued accessibility of vital roads leading to 758 BRTF border project areas under the Swastik initiative, particularly in the face of snowfall.”

IMD Alerts

Due to a cyclonic circulation over south Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and the anti-cyclonic situation in the Bay of Bengal, isolated light to moderate rainfall is expected over West Bengal, Odisha, and Jharkhand from February 23rd to 27th, 2024.

Many isolated places in Chattisgarh, Vidarbha, and Madhya Pradesh are expected to witness moderate rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning on February 26th and 27th. There are also chances of hailstorm activity at isolated places over Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand on February 26th, 2024.”