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1,075 Indian Pilgrims On Mansarovar Yatra Stranded In Nepal Due To Rains

| July 3 , 2018 , 10:35 IST

Heavy rains and bad weather have resulted in 1,075 Indian pilgrims undertaking the Kailash-Mansarovar yatra becoming stranded, with 525 pilgrims stranded in Nepal's Simikot, 550 in Nepal's Hilsa and another 500 on the Tibet side, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. From the stranded Indians, 290 are from Karnataka.

In a series of tweets, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj updated on the situation in Nepal, adding that India has requested Nepal for army helicopters to evacuate the stranded Indian nationals.

"Indian pilgrims stranded in Nepal - There are about 525 pilgrims stranded in Simikot, 550 in Hilsa and another 500 in Tibet side," Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

"Indian Embassy in Nepal has deployed representatives in Nepalganj and Simikot. They are touch with the pilgrims and ensuring that food and lodging facilities are available to all the pilgrims," she said.

"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," Swaraj said.

"We have requested Government of Nepal for army helicopters to evacuate stranded Indian nationals," the foreign minister said, as the Nepal army choppers are said to have superior abilities to operate in difficult terrain.

According to a statement from the Indian Embassy in Nepal, tour operators have been told to prioritise first clearing up the situation in Hilsa since infrastructure is lean in the area. Tour operators have been asked to hold back the pilgrims on the Tibet side as far as possible since the medical and civic facilities on the Nepal side are comparatively inadequate.