CHENNAI: The ordeal seems to be over for some of the Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrims stranded in Simikot, Nepal. Finally the weather gods smiled on Tuesday as they managed to descend from the treacherous terains of the Himalayas to plains of India. They are now on their way home, to Chennai. Inclement weather had grounded all flights for about a week and they were left without ration and fresh change of clothes. There were two deaths too.
“The weather cleared up considerably today and the airlines have resumed services. We are on our way to Lucknow from where we will be flying to Chennai on Wednesday,” said Deenadhayalan, a resident of Villivakkam, who had been stranded in Simikot since June 28. As per a status report released by the Indian Embassy in Nepal, special helicopters were deployed to bring back the mortal remains of two Indians — Leela Narayanan Mandredath from Kerala and Satya Lakshmi Narayana Subba Rao Grandhi Veera Venkata from Andhra Pradesh, who were among those stranded in Hilsa, Simikot and in Tibet.
The status report said that while Leela could have died of altitude sickness in Simikot, Satya Lakshmi died of a cardiac arrest in Tibet. The Twitter handle of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj posted that there were about 525 pilgrims stranded in Simikot, 550 in Hilsa and 500 on the Tibet side.The Embassy said seven commercial flights were used to evacuate 104 to Nepalganj. Others would be rescued in three-four days.
Rao died at Kailash
Grandhi Subba Rao, who had been suffering from high-altitude sickness had a heart attack at Kailash which is in Tibet. His body has been flown to Nepalganj. Rao, a builder in Kakinada, went to Amarnath and later to Mansoravar