April 06, 2023: A tragic incident occurred on Tuesday in the northeastern part of India when a group of tourists were hit by a massive snow avalanche while traveling through the Himalayas. The result was the death of at least seven individuals, while 11 more were injured, according to official reports.

Army spokesperson Lt. Col Mahendra Rawat has provided further details, saying that the rescuers were able to save at least 23 people from the snow and take them to a nearby medical facility for treatment. The incident took place near the Nathu La mountain pass in Sikkim state India, which is an important tourist destination in the region.

The Border Roads Organization of India has also issued a statement, confirming that the tourists were caught in the snow mass in the Nathu La area. Video footage released by the Indian Army has shown the rescuers digging through the snow to locate the missing individuals, believed to have been swept away by the avalanche down a mountain slope. The exact number of missing people is not yet determined.

The Nathu La mountain pass is situated along the border with China and is considered a major tourist attraction. It is known for its scenic beauty and historical significance, as it served as a significant trade route between India and Tibet in the past. However, the area is also prone to natural disasters, such as avalanches, due to its location in the ecologically sensitive Himalayan region, which has been severely affected by global warming.

The recent incident is not the first of its kind in the region. In the northern Uttarakhand region, 27 trainee mountaineers lost their lives in a similar avalanche last year. The disaster prompted the authorities to review their policies and regulations on mountain expeditions and to increase safety measures to avoid such tragic incidents in the future.

The incident has also raised concerns about the impact of climate change on the Himalayan region, which is considered one of the most vulnerable areas to global warming due to its fragile ecology and topography. The increasing temperatures and melting glaciers in the region are causing changes in the landscape, which may lead to more frequent and severe natural disasters, such as avalanches and landslides.

The authorities have urged the tourists to exercise caution while traveling through the region and to follow the safety guidelines issued by the local authorities. They have also assured the public that all necessary measures will be taken to ensure the safety of the tourists and to prevent such tragic incidents from occurring in the future.

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