Kerala native Leela Mahendra Narayan reportedly died due to the altitude sickness in Simikot when she was returning from the pilgrimage.

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news Stranded Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 11:00

Over 1,500 pilgrims from India on their way to Kailash Mansarovar are stranded in Nepal due to inclement weather. One person is reportedly dead.

56-year-old Malappuram native Leela Mahendra Narayan reportedly died due to the altitude sickness in Simikot when she was returning from the pilgrimage, according to Mathrubhumi.

Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that there are about 525 Indian pilgrims stranded in Simikot, 550 in Hilsa and 500 in Tibet side.

"Indian Embassy in Nepal has deployed representatives in Nepalganj and Simikot. They are in touch with the pilgrims and ensuring that food and lodging facilities are available to all the pilgrims. /2 #IndiansStrandedInNepal," she wrote.

Respective state governments leapt into action when the news spread. While Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu immediately started making inquiries into how many people from the state were stranded in Nepal, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said at least 36 people from his state were trapped near the China border.

The Karnataka government said that at least 250 pilgrims from the state were stranded, but the Indian Mission in Nepal was in touch with them.

Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said that all those, who went for the pilgrimage from Tamil Nadu were safe.

Meanwhile, families and friends of stranded pilgrims tweeted to Sushma Swaraj, giving her details of where they were stranded and how much food and water was available for them.

It is reported that the Indian Mission in Nepal has asked the tour operators to ensure the pilgrims stay on the Tibetan side as the supplies are inadequate in the Nepal side.

Due to inclement weather conditions, the efforts to find alternate routes to evacuate the pilgrims has been hampered. The Karnataka government added that India is also looking at using helicopters to rescue pilgrims in critical condition.

Simikot has seen bad weather for a few days now, with flights being disrupted since June 31.

Contact Numbers

Pranav Ganesh, First Secretary (CONSULAR) - +977-9851107006

Tashi Khampa, Second Secretary (Consular) - +977-9851155007

Tarun Raheja, Attache (Consular) - +977-9851107021

Rajesh Jha, ASO (Community Welfare) - +977-9818832398, +977-9851165140

Yogananda (Hotline – KANNADA) - +977-9823672371

Pindi Naresh(Hotline – TELUGU) - +977-9808082292

R Murugan (Hotline – TAMIL) - +977-9808500642

C Ranjith (Hotline – MALAYALAM) - +977-9808500644

Mount Kailash and Mansarovar are one of the most popular pilgrimage routes, and thousands of pilgrims travel here every year. It is also one of the most treacherous routes, with scores of people dying here almost every year.

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