India in touch with stranded pilgrims

The Indian embassy in Kathmandu has reached out to hundreds of pilgrims who are stranded on the Nepal-China border in heavy downpour on their way to Kailash Mansarovar.

An official source said that the pilgrims are at present staying in locally arranged accommodations, and are waiting for the weather to clear.

“The embassy of India in Kathmandu is in touch with the pilgrims. They are waiting on the evacuation routes but will have to wait till weather improves. Relief and medical facilities are being supplied to them,” said the official.

The pilgrims are stranded in Simikot in the high Himalayas that has to be crossed before entering into the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China. The situation turned serious on Monday morning when a resident of Kerala Leela Namboodiripad died due to high altitude-related sickness.

The route to Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage through Simikot is arduous due to lack of a proper road network and the pilgrims have to depend on an air service that can operate only in clear weather.

They will have to wait till weather improves. Relief and medical facilities are being supplied to them

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