SRINAGAR: Army on Saturday said it rescued 64 stranded passengers at the Nasta Chhun Pass in north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district.
A defence spokesman, in a statement issued here, said, “On 24 March, in late hours, 10 light-vehicle carrying 64 civilians and 12 load carriers were caught in deep snow near Nasta Chun Pass. The army detachment there received the SOS call at 2200 hours from the stranded civilians and the avalanche rescue team was immediately provided.”
He said the team reached to the site, rescued all the civilians, and the stranded vehicles were provided a safe track by manually clearing the snow. “The rescue operation was again launched in the early hours to pull out twelve heavily loaded trucks using dozer of GREF.”
He said the army detachment at Nasta Chhun Pass provided medical aid, food, and other necessary assistance to the rescued civilians.