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35 tourists airlifted from quake-hit Lachung village

Thirty-five tourists, including two from Norway, were on Wednesday airlifted by the Army from Lachung village, one of the worst-hit quake areas in Sikkim.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2011 12:08 IST

Thirty-five tourists, including two from Norway, were on Wednesday airlifted by the Army from Lachung village, one of the worst-hit quake areas in Sikkim.

16 more people injured in the quake were also airlifted, army sources said.

The tourists, some of whom were wounded, were airlifted from Mangan.

Paljor Lachungpa, who is coordinating the evacuation, said Lachen was still cut off and more tourists could be airlifted from Chungthang later in the day. The tourists were in a state of shock.

Bishnupriya Dutta, a housewife from Bhubaneswar touring Sikkim with eight family members, including two children, was barely able to narrate the harrowing experience.

She was on her way to Lachung from Lachen when the quake struck. "The car was shaking violently and the driver said there was a earthquake ... We were all terribly scared."

Dutta, who along with her family was staying at an army camp at Bichhu for the past three nights, said, "On (the) way here today I saw a large number of houses damaged and the roads had caved in ... I thanked God".

Asked whether she would return to Sikkim in future, her answer was "Never".

"I cannot forget all my life the fear and the pitch darkness of that night when the quake struck and we moved to Bichhu for shelter in the army camp," she said.