SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, March 28 (Xinhua) -- At least 71 tourists including women and children trapped due to avalanches in Ladakh division of Indian-controlled Kashmir were rescued safely by troops, officials said Tuesday.
The massive avalanche struck near Chang La Pass, about 74 km east of main Leh town.
"Indian army troops deployed in eastern Ladakh responded to aid of civilians trapped at the Chang La Pass due to an avalanche that struck between Chang La and Tangtse," Indian military spokesman, Col Rajesh Kalia said. "71 tourists including 21 women and children were rescued and provided medical assistance, food, clothing and accommodation."
Ladakh is a known tourist destination in the region and a major attraction for international tourists.
Kashmir has a rugged terrain. Landslides and avalanches are often triggered from its mountains during frequent rains and heavy snowfall.