Hilsa/Simikot: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday said around 150 pilgrims, who were stuck in inclement weather on their way to Kailash Manasarovar en-route Nepalganj-Simikot-Hilsa, have been evacuated.
Several pilgrims en route Kailash Mansarovar had been stranded in Hilsa and Simikot of Nepal due to bad weather. Inclement weather wass also posing a huge problem for the evacuation operations.
As per Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement, only a limited number of sorties could be carried out on Simikot – Hilsa sector by helicopter on Sunday. Around 50 pilgrims were evacuated from Hilsa to Simikot and around 100 others from Simikot to Nepalganj.
According to Nepal Police, around 250 pilgrims were still stuck in both Hilsa and Simikot.
“Our Mission in Kathmandu is in touch with senior officers in Kathmandu (Chief Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary, Chief of Army Staff, DGMO, etc.) as well as senior police authorities on the ground. They are continuing to be seized of the matter and have assured all possible assistance subject to weather conditions,” MEA had said in a statement. 
MEA had further said that while there is no shortage of essential items, situation can normalise only when regular air services can be undertaken in an uninterrupted manner every day.

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