Avalanche in Sikkim, India kills seven, injures twelve
Thursday, April 6, 2023
A cause for the avalanche has not yet been announced.
By yesterday, teams including members of the Sikkim Police and thehad rescued 20 survivors, according to Reuters, or up to 22 survivors, according to News18.
After ceasing rescue efforts on Tuesday evening, the teams resumed work yesterday morning. A police administrator explained to Reuters: "Rescue operations have resumed this morning because we want to make sure that we haven't left anyone behind. We will scour the area properly before we call them off".
The avalanche struck about 40 kilometers (25 mi) from the Sikkimese capital, Hindus making the pilgrimage, an especially holy pilgrimage in Hinduism according to Reuters.. With its state nicknamed the "Land of Mystic Splendour", Nathu La draws thousands of tourists annually; it is also used by
A 2018 study circulated in thedetermined climate change has amplified the odds of avalanches in the Western Himalayas and worsened their effects.
- "Indian rescuers scour site of deadly avalanche for any more victims" — , April 5, 2023
- Saurabh Verma. "Sikkim Avalanche: 7 Killed in Nathula, 12 Injured; MHA Takes Stock of Situation, Search Op Resumes" — , April 5, 2023
- Zarir Hussain, Shivam Patel. "India avalanche kills seven near Himalayan pass to Tibet" — , April 4, 2023
- J. A. Ballesteros-Cánovas, D. Trappmann, J. Madrigal-González, N. Eckert, M. Stoffel. "Climate warming enhances snow avalanche risk in the Western Himalayas" — , March 13, 2018