50 trekkers including nine foreign
nationals and approximately equal number of local guides and porters, who were
a part of the ongoing ‘Chadar Trek’, got stranded when some portions of the
frozen Zanskar River melted. The melting caused the flow of the water to become
too strong, for the trekkers to continue across the river on foot. The stranded
trekkers managed to move to Niraq, a small camp site upstream and were awaiting
to be rescued. To carry out a rescue by helicopters, a makeshift helipad was
prepared along the river bank. ALH helicopters were immediately pressed into
action from AF Stn Leh.
IAF’s helicopters rescued
107 individuals during the last two days; team providing basic medical
assistance to the stranded trekkers.
IAF’s helicopters have rescued 107
individuals during the last two days.The rescued trekkers include one male and
one female from France and four male and three females from People’s Republic
of China, who as per the information were rescued from Padum. IAF will continue
the ongoing rescue operation till all the stranded trekkers, guides and porters
are evacuated and brought to safety. Additionally, in order to provide medical
facilities to the stranded trekkers a medical officer and a medical assistant
were also flown from AF Stn Leh to Niraq. The team has set up a medical
assistance camp at Niraq and is providing basic medical assistance to the
The operations were undertaken by IAF
in close coordination with Ladakh’s newly formed Civil Administration, nearby
Indian Army units and local Disaster Relief Teams.