Over 100 stranded Indian pilgrims evacuated in Nepal


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

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 Indian Embassy 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 Nepal have forced domestic airlines to suspend their regular flights. (AGENCIES)