Over 1500 Indian pilgrims stranded in flood-hit Nepal, MEA assures all help

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KATHMANDU: Over 1500 Indian pilgrims, undertaking Kailash Mansarovar yatra, have been stranded in Nepal after heavy downpour triggered floods in several parts of the country. The Ministry of External Affairs has assured that all possible medical and lodging facilities will be provided to the stranded Indians.

“Indian pilgrims stranded in Nepal – There are about 525 pilgrims stranded in Simikot, 550 in Hilsa and another 500 in Tibet side. 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,” Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.

“We have requested Government of Nepal for army helicopters to evacuate stranded Indian nationals. We have set up hotlines for pilgrims and their family members who will provide information in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages,” she added.

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