Kailash Manasarovar Yatra: Over 1000 pilgrims stranded in Nepal

Kathmandu, July 3: Over 1,000 Indian pilgrims who are undertaking the Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage are stranded in Nepal due to heavy rain and bad weather that caused landslides  along the route of the Yatra.Indian government has requested Government of Nepal for army helicopters to evacuate stranded Indian nationals.

The Foreign Ministry said there are about 525 pilgrims stranded in Simikot, 550 in Hilsa and another 500 more in Tibet side. “We have requested Government of Nepal for army helicopters to evacuate stranded Indian nationals. /4 #IndiansStrandedInNepal,” Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted this morning.

“We have requested Government of Nepal for army helicopters to evacuate stranded Indian nationals.We have set up hotlines for pilgrims and their family members who will provide information in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages”, Sushma said.

 

The Indian embassy in Kathmandu is monitoring the situation along the route in Simikot, 423 km from capital Kathmandu. Out of the stranded Indians, 290 are from Karnataka.

Indian Embassy in Nepal has deployed representatives in Nepalganj and Simikot. They are in touch with the pilgrims and ensuring that food and lodging facilities are available to all the pilgrims. In Simikot a health check-up has been done on all the elderly pilgrims. They are being provided required medical help. In Hilsa we have requested police authorities for necessary assistance.

 

An emergency helpline number has been issued, belonging to Pranav Ganesh, First Secretary, Embassy of India at Kathmandu (+977 985-1107006.)

As per the Karnataka Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), the Embassy of India, Kathmandu is continuously monitoring the situation in Simikot, and representatives in Nepalganj and Simikot are personally in touch with all stranded pilgrims to extend all possible support to them for the stay, and ensure availability of food/water.

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