Rescue activities are starting as relief teams arrive on the scene. By 12.20 p.m., the avalanche happened.
The death toll has risen to 7, with the Indian Army’s Trishakti Corps joining the rescue and search effort near the Nathu La border.
Meanwhile, some 350 visitors who weren’t in the avalanche zone have returned to Gangtok after BRO reopened the route leading to the state capital.
Sikkim Police, the Sikkim Travel Agents Association, and Tourism Department personnel are on the scene rescuing passengers.
Nathula Pass, situated close to the border with China, is a popular tourist attraction due to its beautiful appeal.
The casualties are being transported to the hospital in the state capital of Gangtok. A top police official said, “Rescue and clearing operations continue.”
According to authorities, at least seven visitors were killed and numerous more were injured after a large avalanche struck Sikkim’s Nathula border on Tuesday. According to the BRO, 22 tourists have been rescued so far following an avalanche at the 14th mile of the Jawaharlal Nehru route between Gangtok and Nathula.
Once the route was cleared of snow, 350 trapped visitors and 80 automobiles were rescued. Rescue activities are beginning as relief teams arrive on the scene. Approximately 150 individuals are thought trapped because the location is a popular tourist destination with a large stream of visitors. By 12.20 p.m., the avalanche happened.
The upper elevations of Sikkim, notably Tsomgo Lake, and Nathula, have experienced considerable snowfall during the last two to three weeks. Snowstorms have trapped tourists coming back from Tsomgo Lake and Nathula.
Someone is seen scooping snow with a shovel in one of the films while a man, partially buried, looks up to just be rescued.