Majid Jahangir, Srinagar
21 British nationals have remained stranded in Leh area of Jammu and Kashmir for last three days with the local administration unable to rescue them.
Speaking to Jantakareporter.com, the Deputy Commissioner, Swagat Biswas, confirmed that the 21 out of 23 trekkers were British. Biswas said that the adverse weather was proving to be a huge impediment in their rescue operation.
He said, ” We had sent two separate rescue teams to Leh as soon as we heard about their situation. But, our rescue teams found it incredibly difficult to reach the location. We even despatched a helicopter so that we could airlift them, but the chopper was simply not able to land.”
Jantakareporter.com has learnt that the stranded trekkers had run out of their ration and were in dire need of food. According to Biswas, the local administration was in touch with India’s national carrier Air India exploring the possibility of air dropping food items for the trekkers.
Biswas said the situation was grim for the trekkers but they were safe.
These trekkers were trekking on a high altitude track in Nagti Sku area of Leh on Tuesday when a sudden cloudburst caused the water level in the mountain streams to rise significantly causing huge floods. Since then these tourists have been stranded there.