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400 tourists trapped in a land slide at Khardung La pass

Jammu, June 9 (): Nearly four hundred tourists were said to be trapped due to a land slide and later were rescued in a joint operation launched by the army and the police at Khardung La pass on Srinagar-Leh National Highway in Jammu and Kashmir, which included women and children.

The Khardung La pass, is the highest motor able passes of the world, and possess the height of 17,800 feet in the chill, arid region of in coordination with a ten kilo meter stretch at Khardung La pass.

The army and the police in a combined operation rescued the tourist those who were trapped in a total of 150 vehicles on a ten kilo meter stretch. Still fifty tourists have to be rescued and all the efforts are being taken to save the passengers who have been trapped, said an official.

The people who have been rescued were admitted in a medical camp in Leh, out of which 120 were provided oxygen by mobile medical vans, said an army spokesman.

Due to heavy snow fall the 434 kilo meter long highway was kept closed and therefore entry was not allowed for nearly five months.

It is believed that most of the trapped passengers also complained about mountain sickness, but any how there was no casualties reported due to the landslide till now, said an official. The armies the Police were fighting with the rescue operations and also were facing lot of hardship in clearing the roads to possibly take out the stranded passengers who were trapped. Senior civil administration and police officials are on the rounds to make sure and supervise the migration of the passengers.

Northern Command Army Spokesperson Rajesh Kalia said today that the civilians who were trapped last night due to multiple landslides between South and North Pullu were provided with sufficient medical help and also food.