250 Manasarovar passengers stranded in Hilsa safely evacuated

More than 250 Manasarov pilgrims were evacuated from the Hills of Hilsa hill area on Wednesday. Due to heavy rains, while returning from Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage in Tibet, efforts have been made to remove other pilgrims stranded in the mountainous region of Nepal. 

The Indian Embassy in Nepal said in a statement that the other 336 people have been transported from Simikot to Surkhet and Nepalganj. The Indian mission is monitoring the situation in the Nepalganj-Simikot-Hilsa sector and is taking all possible measures to evacuate Indian nationals trapped in the area and people of Indian origin. 

The embassy said, "In the Hilsa-Simikot sector, helicopters filled 50 flights and nearly 250 people were evacuated from Hilsa." Hilsa does not have basic facilities, while passengers are available for transport, communication and medical facilities in Simikot.

Officials said that 17 commercial flights and three helicopters of Nepal Army and a small chartered helicopter filled the flights on Wednesday and delivered 336 people from Simikot to Surakhhet and Nepalganj.

The people transported to Surakhet provided buses to Nepalganj Gone Nepalganj is a big city equipped with modern facilities and Lucknow can be reached from there by road in three hours. The embassy had said that about 250 of the 1500 pilgrims were evacuated safely from Hilsa on Tuesday. They said that on Tuesday, a total of 158 people were evacuated from Simikot and brought to Nepalganj. 

The embassy has said in the statement that it is exploring the possibility of taking service of chartered helicopters in view of speeding up the process of evacuation. These will depend on weather conditions and the ability of helicopters to fly on these routes. The Embassy has already made a hotline for pilgrims and members of his family, which also includes Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam speaking staff. 

Tianjin Norbu Lama, managing director of Sunny Travels and Treks, one of the major tour operators of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, told that Indian pilgrims were trapped due to the breakdown of air transport due to bad weather but there is no problem in their eating and drinking. 

"There are not enough medical facilities in such areas for pilgrims who suffer from the low pressure of oxygen due to their long standing in the mountainous region," the local media quoted Lama. It is noteworthy that in Tibet Autonomous Areas of China Located Kailash Mansarovar is considered as a holy place for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, and there are hundreds of pilgrims every year.

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