Srinagar: As many as 300-350 folks, together with girls and youngsters, caught on the highway to the Zojila Move, connecting the Kashmir Valley to Ladakh, following heavy snowfall have been rescued by the Indian Military, a defence launch mentioned on Friday.
In accordance with the discharge, the persevering with westerly disturbances led to heavy snowfall within the areas of Sonamarg, Baltal and Nilgrar upto the Zojila Move on Thursday evening at the same time as numerous loaded vans and passenger autos have been shifting in direction of it.
“The premature and heavy snowfall, particularly on the upper reaches, resulted in lots of autos skidding off the highway and getting stranded within the snow, inflicting visitors jam at many locations. Virtually 250-300 vans and passenger autos obtained stranded close to the Zojila Move.
“The visitors jam resulted in a really harmful state of affairs, whereby roughly 300-350 folks, together with girls and youngsters, have been stranded at above 11,000 ft warmth and temperatures at minus 7 levels,” it mentioned, including that military rescue columns, in coordination with the civil administration, moved promptly with support.
Because the police and GREF personnel obtained busy with clearing the visitors and snow respectively, the military columns began offering speedy medical support and help.
Whereas the stranded autos have been recovered and organised to return, the caught passengers have been evacuated to Sonamarg city in Military autos and medical help, scorching meals and blankets offered to them, the discharge mentioned.
“This immediate and pro-active action by the Army was critical in ensuring timely rescue, relief and saving precious lives. The humanitarian assistance provided to the Awam in their hour of need was much appreciated,” it mentioned.