290 pilgrims from Karnataka stranded in Nepal due to heavy rains

 A round 290 pilgrims on a Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from Karnataka are stranded in Nepal due to heavy rains but safe, the state government on Monday said and sought help from the Indian Embassy in the Himalayan nation.

The Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), Revenue Department (Disaster Management), of the state government, which first tweeted about the plight of the pilgrims, later in an update said they were safe and it was in constant touch with them.

The pilgrims were even said to be facing a shortage of food, officials said.

Although External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet, “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,” said Swaraj in another tweet.

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy directed the Resident Commissioner of Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi to take all necessary action immediately to ensure the safety of the pilgrims.

Even Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu inquired about Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims from the state, who are stranded in Nepal’s Simikot and has ordered officials to provide adequate help.

Accordingly, the Commissioner held discussions with the officials of the Indian embassy in Kathmandu and the Nepal government, an official release said tonight.

The embassy officials assured immediate necessary action, it added.

The EOC tweeted: “Due to inclement weather helicopter services affected between Nepalgunj and Simikot. Stranded #Kailash Manasarovar Yatra pilgrims from Karnataka are safe. State Emergency Operation Center officers in constant touch with pilgrims.”

In an earlier tweet, it said: “#SOS Around 290 #Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Pilgrims from Karnataka stranded in #Simikot #Nepal due to heavy rain in the Himalayan region, @IndiaInNepal kindly do the needful.



News credit : Indiatoday

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