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June 9, 2012

Indian Army, police rescue 400 people stranded on Khardung La Pass

     New Delhi: Around 400 people, including women and children, trapped in landslides at Khardung La Pass, the world' highest motorable road, have been rescued by the personnel of the Indian Army and the police. "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," said Northern Command Army spokesperson Rajesh Kalia. The rescue operation began last night. According to reports, 120 people were administered oxygen as oxygen levels were low in the area. Many of the stranded passengers had on Friday complained of mountain sickness. Khardung La (Khardung Pass, la means pass in Tibetan) at 5,359 m (17,582 ft) elevation is a high mountain pass located in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.
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