Indian pilgrims stranded in Nepal due to heavy flood; 11 killed, houses destroyed

Indian pilgrims stranded in Nepal due to heavy flood

NEW DELHI: More than 1500 Indian pilgrims, undertaking Kailash Mansarovar yatra, have been stranded in several parts of Nepal due to heavy flood. Flood affected Nepal due to regularly  heavy rainfall.

The people of Nepal including others pilgrims from each parts of India are suffering unrest with the flood. The flood has taken life of the several people and also displaced countless houses into water of the villagers. The External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured to provide all possible medical and lodging facilities to the stranded Indians.

According to report, “At least 525 Indian pilgrims stranded in Nepal’s Simikot, 550 in Hilsa and another 500 in Tibet side.

However, Indian Embassy has deployed representatives in Nepalganj and Simikot those are continuously in contact with the Indian pilgrims. They have also ensured to provide food and lodging facilities to all the pilgrims those are stranded in the country. Health check-up including medical facilities are also available for pilgrims in Simikot. In Hilsa we have requested police authorities for necessary assistance,” Minister of External Affairs said today.

“We have requested Government of Nepal for army helicopters to evacuate stranded Indian pilgrims. We have arranged hotlines for pilgrims as they could provide information to their family members,” she added.

Due to heavy flood, 11 people have lost their lives and countless houses have been sunken into water in Nepal. Eight districts have been affected due to continuously heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday and three people lost their lives in Rolpa and Banke districts on Monday.

The flood has also displaced hundreds of villagers residing near rivers and other water sources in the low lying plains of Nepal.

At least, 290 pilgrims from Karnataka have been stranded in Nepal due to heavy flood. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has directed the Resident Commissioner of Karnataka Bhavan in Delhi to provide immediately safety of the pilgrims.