Embassy of India, Kathmandu, Nepal

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STATUS REPORT: ON INDIAN PILGRIMS STRANDED AT SIMIKOT/HILSA, NEPAL

July 3, 2018

 

Embassy of India, Kathmandu, continues to monitor the developing situation in Simikot/Hilsa route of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra (through Nepal). As of July 3rd evening (4 pm), the status report is as under: –


1.        With Embassy’s coordination and facilitation with local authorities, about 150 stranded pilgrims have reached Simikot from Hilsa. Hilsa is extremely infrastructure lean while Simikot has decent boarding/lodging/communication/medical facilities.


2.        The Embassy, in coordination with local airport authorities and flight operators, operated 7 commercial flights today vide which 104 pilgrims were brought to Nepalganj from Simikot, which is a fairly big city with all modern facilities and three hours road connectivity to Lucknow, India.


3.         The Embassy is continuously in touch with Nepal Army, which has kept a helicopter in a state of readiness to operate as and when weather improves. 

4.         The Embassy operated special helicopters to bring dead bodies of the two Indian nationals - Leela Narayanan Mandredath (Passport no. L5486595, R/o Kerala) and Satya Lakshmi Narayana Subba Rao Grandhi Veera Venkata (Passport no. R 9327867, R/o Andhra Pradesh), alongwith five accompanying passengers, to Kathmandu and Nepalganj respectively. The first person died in Simikot (on 2nd July morning), possibly due to High Altitude Sickness; while second person succumbed to Heart Attack in Tibet and was brought to Simikot (on 3rd July morning). All necessary assistance is being provided by the Mission for an early repatriation of the mortal remains to India.

 
5.         The Embassy, in liaison with civil authorities, is also providing medical facilities to the stranded pilgrims. 


6.         The Embassy has sent a four member team to Nepalganj on July 3rd evening. The team would reach Simikot and Hilsa at the earliest and set up camp offices to facilitate assistance to the stranded pilgrims.



7.         The situation continues to be under control and there is no need to panic. In case weather continues to improve, the Embassy is confident to evacuate all stranded pilgrims over the next three four days.

 

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