At least 200 Indians on their way back home after the Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage in Tibet are stranded in Nepal's Humla district due to bad weather, Indian Embassy said on Sunday.
There were around 150 people stranded in Simikot and 50 in Hilsa, near Nepal-Tibet border. Due to bad weather, it was impossible to immediately airlift the pilgrims from Hilsa and Simikot to Nepalgunj, a border city which is about four-hour drive from Lucknow, it said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Nepal said on Sunday it was in touch with around 200 Indian pilgrims stranded in the northwestern town of Simikot because of bad weather during the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
“Situation is under control and all stranded pilgrims would be evacuated as soon as weather clears up,” the embassy said in a statement. “The embassy representatives are taking all necessary action for the pilgrims well being.”
1/2. Embassy is aware that about 200 pilgrims stuck in Simikot due to bad weather & are in continual touch with them and their family members. Situation is under control and all stranded pilgrims would be evacuated as soon as weather clears up.— IndiaInNepal (@IndiaInNepal) August 5, 2018
The representatives of Indian Embassy in Simikot, Hilsa and Nepalganj were on alert and monitoring the situation, the statement said, adding that the embassy will ensure timely evacuation of stranded pilgrims in case of any emergency.
ast month, over 1,500 Indian pilgrims were stranded in the area due to bad weather. They were airlifted to safety on the initiative of Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.
Nepal is a popular destination for Indian pilgrims to visit Mansarovar due to the distance and comfort factors involved.