June 9, Jammu: Indian army has rescued around 400 civilians, including women and children, trapped in in landslides in Khardung La pass in Ladakh. According to a defence spokesman, multiple land and snow slides occurred on Friday night along a 10 km stretch at Khardung La pass.
Khardung La situated at 18,380 feet is said to be the world’s highest motorable mountain pass.
At least 150 vehicles were pressed into service by the Army and the police, which conducted a joint operation Friday night, to rescue the civilians. Among those rescued are women and children. Majority of them have been shifted to medical camps in Leh. 120 of them were administered oxygen by mobile medical vans.
According to official reports, the huge landslides were triggered by heavy snowfall and unseasonal rain. Read more...