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400 people trapped in landslides near Leh rescued

Source: PTI
June 09, 2012 10:58 IST
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The army and police on Saturday rescued 400 civilians trapped in landslides at Khardung La Pass, the world's highest motorable road.

The civilians, including women and children, in 150 vehicles were trapped since last evening in multiple landslides in a stretch of 10 km at Khardung La on the Leh-Nubra road, Northern Command Army Spokesperson Rajesh Kalia said.

The vehicles were trapped between South and North Pullu and the rescue operations were started on Friday night. Hundred and twenty people were administered oxygen as oxygen levels were low in the area, officials said.

Many of the stranded passengers had complained of mountain sickness.

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