Army rescues 400 tourists trapped in landslides in Khardung La; 50 still stranded

By NDTV Khardungla, Jun 09, 2012
Khardungla :
The Army has rescued around 400 civilians trapped in landslides in Khardung La in Ladakh. Situated at 18, 380 feet (or 5602 metres), Khardung La is said to be the world's highest motorable mountain pass.
In a joint operation late last night, Army and police teams rescued the tourists stranded in 150 vehicles on a 10-kilometre stretch on Leh-Nubra road. 50 tourists in 15 vehicles are still said to be trapped and efforts are on to help them.

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 reports, the landslides were triggered by unseasonal rain and snowfall.