Stranded Char Dham pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh safe

Stranded Char Dham pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh safe
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Pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh, who were stranded at Badrinath for the last few days after rains pounded the hilly terrain are safe, according to officials. Two groups comprising 120 members hailing from East and West Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Bobbili, Vijayawada, and Hyderabad have undertaken a pilgrimage to Badrinath on May 26. All the 120 pilgrims have been brought to safety so far. 

Eluru: Pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh, who were stranded at Badrinath for the last few days after rains pounded the hilly terrain are safe, according to officials. Two groups comprising 120 members hailing from East and West Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Bobbili, Vijayawada, and Hyderabad have undertaken a pilgrimage to Badrinath on May 26. All the 120 pilgrims have been brought to safety so far.

  • Incessant rains, bad roads in the hilly terrain making things difficult
  • AP Bhavan officials making arrangements to bring the pilgrims to safety

Pilgrims thanked officials from Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi for coordinating with the local authorities in Uttarakhand. Meanwhile, the district administration was coordinating with officials in Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi to bring back the stranded pilgrims to safety.

The district administration came to know about the stranded pilgrims after a member of the pilgrim party alerted them. The pilgrims were facing problems due to non-availability of food and even the local authorities in Badrinath were unable to make proper arrangements owing to incessant rains for the last few days, coupled with bad road conditions that cut off connectivity.

The Resident Commissioner’s Office at AP Bhavan said that the stranded pilgrims were safe and efforts were on to bring them to New Delhi and then make arrangement for their travel to their respective places. Senior officials from the State Disaster Management Department were in constant touch with the AP Bhavan officials to trace other pilgrims from the State who were stuck at the Himalayan shrine.

Char Dham Yatra and the pilgrimages to Mansarovar are also interrupted due to incessant rains at places and landslides bringing rubble onto the roads and blocking them at a number of points. In another incident, 28 pilgrims from Eluru, who went on a pilgrimage to Muktinath in Nepal on May 17, have been stranded in Nepal as Nepalese authorities stopped them at the border entry point saying that their vehicles did not have route permit. Indian Embassy officials said that they were looking into the issue.

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