Foreign tourist among 13 stranded passengers airlifted from Kargil village

The district administration and the police rescued and airlifted 13 stranded passengers including a foreign tourist from a village in Kargil area of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said today.
Foreign tourist among 13 stranded passengers airlifted from Kargil village
Foreign tourist among 13 stranded passengers airlifted from Kargil village

The district administration and the police rescued and airlifted 13 stranded passengers including a foreign tourist from a village in Kargil area of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said today.

"On 29 Sept 2018 district administration and district police Kargil rescued and airlifted 13 stranded passengers including foreign national, Indian nationals and Nepali porters from village Kargaik and Tangzey Lungnak Zanskar near Himachal Pradesh Border," said an official.

Around 60 Nepali porters including women and children, one French national and four Indian nationals who were on way to Himachal Pradesh via Shinkula and to Zanskar had been stuck up near Lakhang since 22 September due to heavy snowfall in the region. 

"After strenuous efforts by Police Station Zanskar with the help of locals they were traced near Lakhang and shifted to nearby village where they were provided food, shelter and other necessities, however due to long stuck up in snow many among them suffered frostbite to their feet and fingers," said the official.

After active efforts from district administration and district police Kargil helicopter rescue was arranged and medical emergencies were airlifted to Padum Zanskar and shifted to community health centre Zanskar where they are undergoing treatment.

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