New Delhi: Nearly 250 to 300 tourists visiting North Sikkim were stranded at Zima 3 due to bad weather after a massive cloudburst in the higher reaches of Teesta river on Monday.

Nearly 60 tourist vehicles have got stuck in the rain-struck area.

The Lachen police have initiated evacuation of the people stranded to send them to Lachen, a base camp for treks to North Sikkim.

The North Sikkim District Collector Raj Yadav has issued a travel advisory on tourists permit until further notice for the entire regions of Lachen, Lachung, and Dzongu areas owing to severe weather conditions.

Earlier, a flood alert was sent across several areas of North Sikkim after the Teesta river was flowing over the danger mark as a result of the cloudburst.