At least seven people were killed by an avalanche in Sikkim, a state in northern India, on Tuesday, and the Indian army stated that many more were possibly trapped. The army reported that five to six trucks carrying up to 30 visitors were suspected of being buried in the snow when the avalanche struck on the way to Nathu La, a mountain pass between Sikkim and the Chinese region Tibet. "23 visitors were saved until 4 p.m., including six from a deep valley, and were transported to Indian Army medical facilities nearby. Unfortunately, according to a statement from the Army, seven people have passed away. At least 150 visitors were present when the avalanche occurred at 11:10 a.m. on the 15th Mile of the Jawaharlal Nehru Road between Gangtok and Nathu La. Earlier, rescue personnel stated that they believed at least 70 individuals to be buried beneath the snow. Loden Lepcha reported that rescue efforts were still being conducted at the scene and that people were posing for pictures next to a stream when the avalanche struck. Sikkim, often known as the "Land of Mystic Splendor," is a popular tourist destination because it is situated beneath Mount Khangchendzonga, better known as Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world. Avalanches frequently occur in the ecologically delicate Himalayan region, which has been badly impacted by global warming. In northern Uttarakhand, 27 novice mountaineers perished in an avalanche last year.
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