Bengaluru/Mysuru, July 3:- Over 250 pilgrims from the state and most of them from Mysuru and Mandya Districts are stranded in Nepal’s Simikot after heavy rains caused landslips along the route of the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.
Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru Abhiram G Sankar addressing media persons on Tuesday said that all the pilgrims from the state are safe and there is no need to worry. The state government is constantly monitoring the situation and adequate food and medical facility has been made available to the pilgrims from the region. The relatives and family members of the pilgrims are advised not to panic and depending on the weather condition the pilgrims would return soon.”
According to latest reports from the Principal Secretary to the state government’s Revenue Department, the Karnataka government is in constant touch with Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Chief Minister, Revenue Minister and the Chief Secretary are constantly monitoring the situation. State emergency operation centre (Toll-free No 1070) has been activated and as of now a total of 34 calls from relatives of pilgrims have been received. The details are shared with MHA, NDMA, MEA and the Resident Commissioner of Karnataka.”
“As of now, all stranded pilgrims from Karnataka are safe in Simikot. Heavy rains in Himalayan region continue unabated as a result air services between Nepalgunj and Simikot have been affected. However, the Embassy of India in Kathmandu is exploring moving the stranded pilgrims through alternative routes and also exploring to utilising services of Nepal Army helicopters which have superior abilities of operating in difficult terrain if needed,” he added.
The Chief Minister’s Office has also said that Karnataka has reached out to its mission in Nepal after it received an SOS call seeking help for about 290 Kailash Manasarovar pilgrims supposedly stranded in the Himalayan region.
“The Indian Embassy is looking into various alternative routes for evacuation. The evacuation however is not feasible as of now due to inclement weather. They are also looking into the possibility of heli-evacuation for critical cases,” said the CMO.
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