Over 1500 Indian Kailash Yatra pilgrims stranded in Nepal due to heavy rains

WION Web Team
Delhi, India Published: Jul 03, 2018, 10.21 AM(IST)

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The Indian Embassy in Nepal has directed tour operators to keep the pilgrims back on the Tibetan side owing to inadequate medical facilities on the Nepalese side

According to reports, over 1500 pilgrims from Karnataka are stranded in Nepal after heavy rains caused landslips along the route of the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. 

There are about 525 pilgrims stranded in Simikot, 550 in Hilsa and another 500 more in Tibet side, ANI reported. 

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The Indian Embassy in Nepal has directed tour operators to keep the pilgrims back on the Tibetan side owing to inadequate medical facilities on the Nepalese side.

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As per the Karnataka Chief Minister's Office (CMO), the Embassy of India, Kathmandu is continuously monitoring the situation in Simikot. Representatives in Nepalganj and Simikot are personally in touch with all stranded pilgrims to extend all support and ensure availability of food and water.

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The Embassy is also looking into various alternative routes for evacuation despite rough weather conditions. A heli-evacuation is also being considered for critical cases, the CMO source added.

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Thousands of Indian pilgrims take part in the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra every year via Nepal in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China ahead of the monsoon season.

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Every year, the tour is organised by the Ministry of External Affairs between June and September in cooperation with the government of China.

The tour is carried out through two different routes - Lipulekh Pass via Uttarakhand and Nathu La Pass via Sikkim.

(With inputs from ANI

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