A major tragedy was averted in Ladakh as Army troops, battling adverse weather conditions, rescued 11 schoolchildren who were trapped in a major landslide near Turtuk village in Nubra Valley on the Line of Control (LoC).
Giving details, a Defence Ministry spokesman at the Northern Command in Udhampur said on Sunday that a school bus carrying 15 children to Tyakshi — an Army Goodwill School ? was trapped in a landslide around 9.45 am on Thursday. Eleven of them were seriously injured.
Rescue operation was launched immediately under supervision of senior Army officers, the spokesman said and the children were taken out of the school bus trapped in the landslide. An Army medical team rushed to the site despite continuing landslides, and provided immediate first aid and treatment to the injured children.
Three Army helicopters were launched despite bad weather conditions to evacuate eight seriously injured children to Military Hospital at Hunder.
Three children were evacuated to Military Hospital, Leh by Air Force helicopter. Two of these children have been further air evacuated to an Army hospital in Delhi.