Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today said in that Assembly that the pilgrims of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from Chennai who were stuck rains are safe and will reach the Chennai tonight.
“Eighteen pilgrims – hailing from different parts the state have reached Lucknow. They will reach here tonight,” the CM said.
He also said one pilgrim, identified as Ramachandran from Theni district, had died. “Ramachandran could not complete his journey. He ffelt breathlessness and died. His son and daughter have reached Kathmandu where the body is kept, he added.
Officials at the Tamil Nadu House in New Delhi were coordinating with the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu to bring back the mortal remains of Ramachandran on Wednesday or Thursday, he said.
Tamil Nadu Revenue and Disaster Management Minister RP Udhayakumar said, “About seven commercial flights are being operated for the rescue mission in Simikot and about 158 Indian pilgrims were rescued and brought to Nepalganj and 250 were taken to Hilsa today morning. As the weather is clear today, the rescue operation is progressing at a fast pace.”
Over 1,500 Indian pilgrims, undertaking the yatra, have been stranded in a mountainous region in Nepal near Tibet due to inclement weather and India has sought assistance from Kathmandu to evacuate them.