73 pilgrims were evacuated through 5 commercial flight this morning and another 23 were airlifted by Nepal Army helicopter. 158 pilgrims were evacuated yesterday. 250 pilgrims were also brought to Simikot from Hilsa by helicopters. Our correspondent reports that over 1300 pilgrims are still stranded in Simikot, Hilsa and Tibet side. The mission representative in Simikot taking rounds to find out any medical emergencies. So far no major medical complications reported. Meanwhile a four member team of the Embassy has arrived at Nepalgunj on its way to Simikot and Hilsa. The team will set up camp offices to provide assistance to the stranded pilgrims.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday tweeted saying, “We have requested government of Nepal for army helicopters to evacuate stranded Indian nationals. We have set up hotlines for pilgrims and family members who will provide information in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages.”
The helpline numbers are:
Pranav Ganesh First Secy +977-9851107006
Tashi Khampa +977-98511550077
Tarun Raheja +977-9851107021
Rajesh Jha +977-9818832398
Yogananda +977-9823672371 (Kannada)
Pindi Naresh +977-9808082292 (Telugu)
R Murugan +977-98085006 (Tamil)
Ranjith +977-9808500644 (Malayalam)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in touch with MEA and other top officials regarding the well being of Indian pilgrims stranded in Nepal.
In his tweet message he said that he asked officials to extend all possible assistance to those affected. The Indian embassy in Nepal is working on the ground and assisting the pilgrims.