Gangtok [India]: Seven persons were killed and many are feared trapped after an avalanche hit a site near Sikkim's Nathu La mountain pass on Tuesday, the Indian Army said in a statement.
"By 3 PM, 14 persons were rescued and taken to a nearby Army medical facility. However, seven persons succumbed. The other seven persons were administered first aid and returned to Gangtok," the Indian Army said in a statement.
Approximately 5-6 vehicles along with 20-30 tourists on way to Natu La are feared to have been stuck under the snow, the army said.
Besides, a total of 350 stranded tourists and 80 vehicles have also been rescued after snow clearance from the road.
Earlier in the day, at about 11.30 AM, a massive avalanche hit the 15th Mile on Jawaharlal Nehru road connecting Gangtok with Nathu La.
Meanwhile, the road has been opened for traffic by India's Border Roads Organisation. Search and rescue mission for the remaining persons is underway by the Indian Army, State Disaster Management Team and police. (ANI)