“Thousands ” (press figures ranging between 1000-3500) of tourists were trapped between Sherethang and Changu (Tsomgo ) Lake at 3745 meters as temperatures on Friday as temperatures plummeted to minus fifteen degrees and the road was buried in snow storm conditions.
“Army personnel have begun rescue operations for the tourists, mostly south Indians, and provided them shelter, food and medicine in Army transit camps and officers’ quarters since yesterday,” an Army spokesman was quoted to say.
Saturday saw many of the tourists , dressed mostly in in light jackets and scarves , returning to a frosty Gangtok : minus 7 degrees , coldest day of the year. Others still in treatment .
(Changu Lake photo : Wikipedia , other photo Times of India)