India Abroad

Nepal: Indian Pilgrims Evacuated, Rescue Operations Under Control

| July 6 , 2018 , 12:43 IST

The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu on Friday confirmed that the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Pilgrims in Nepal are out of danger. In the last three days, a total of 673 stranded people are evacuated from Simkot and Hilsa to Nepalganj and Surkhet. 

Indian Ambassador in Kathmandu, Pranav Ganesh said, "I hope your relatives are now out of danger. It has been a very difficult evacuation process but now almost over and we are in total control." 

Ganesh added, "We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during our operations but we couldn't have singled out one person for evacuation at other's expense." 

The rescue operation commenced on July 3 where 10 wings flights and 2 small charted helicopters were deployed to save the pilgrims in Simkot.

The mission further continued to evacuate the pilgrims from Surkhet, Hilsa and Simkot to Nepalganj. 7 Buses were used to ferry the pilgrims from Surkhet to Nepalganj by road.

Earlier on July 2, around 1,075 Indian pilgrims undertaking the Kailash-Mansarovar yatra became stranded due to bad weather conditions in Simkot and Hilsa. 

525 pilgrims were stranded in Nepal's Simikot, 550 in Nepal's Hilsa and another 500 were stranded on the Tibet side. Out of the stranded Indians, 290 are from Karnataka.