MACHILIPATNAM: District collector M Raghunandan Rao Friday said that all devotees who were stranded in Badrinath and Kedarnath were safe, and that he was in contact with officials concerned about their safety.
He added that all of them were taking shelter at Chinna Jeeyar Swami ashram, and promised that all the devotees would be brought back as soon as the weather becomes conducive.
According to a press release, S Usha Kumari (42) from Machilipatnam and 10 others from Vekanuru village of Avanigadda were stranded after the pilgrimage was stalled Thursday due to the prediction of heavy rains.
AGS Ramakrishna, brother of Usha Kumari, said that he had spoken to his sister and that all of them were safe.
List of the people stranded:
From Vekanuru: Tungala Bhavani, Tungala Savitri, Gudivada Sambasiva Rao, Gudivada Aruna, Viswanathuni Subba Rao, Viswanathuni Naga Rajakumari, Sanaka Venkata Seshagiri Rao, Sanaka Radha, Sanaka Phanindhar and Kondaveeti Kumar.
From Machilipatnam: Sigareti Usha Kumari.