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Over 100 stranded Indian pilgrims evacuated in Nepal

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Over 100 Indian pilgrims were airlifted today after being stranded for three days in Nepal's district on their way back home from the Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage in

Out of the 165 pilgrims who were stranded in Humla's Simikot due to bad weather, 110 were airlifted after flights were operated following improvement in weather conditions, according to sources.

Around 55 pilgrims are still in Simikot and they will be evacuated tomorrow.

The pilgrims were stranded for three days as commercial flights could not operate due to bad weather.

Heavy rains in central and western have forced domestic airlines to suspend their regular flights.

Last month, more than 1,500 Indians were stranded at various places in on their way to Kailash Mansarovar and back.

Following the incident, the on July 5 had issued an advisory for travel to Kailash Mansarovar through the route.

The advisory had stated that Simikot and Hilsa are places lacking good medical and lodging facilities and therefore, pilgrims should get themselves medically examined before starting their pilgrimage and also carry medicines for up to a period of one month.

Simikot and Hilsa are connected to the rest of the world only by small aircraft or helicopters and there is no other way to travel in and out of these places.

These small aircraft or helicopters can operate only when the weather is absolutely clear, as the terrain and route is extremely dangerous.

The embassy has deputed its representatives at Hilsa, Simikot and for monitoring and taking action in case of emergency.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 22:30 IST
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