33 from Balasore also stranded in Badrinath; Odisha seeks Uttarakhand’s support
Chamoli/Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government on Monday expedited its effort for the safe return of the Odia pilgrims stranded in Badrinath and urged Uttarakhand Government to take steps in this connection.
The step on the part of the government came as 33 more from Kamarda in Balasore were found trapped in the Himalyan state. They have been reportedly stranded in Badrinath since yesterday, says reports.
“We appeal the State Government to bring back my parents-in-law who are trapped in Uttarakhand due to heavy rainfall. We have failed to establish any contact with them since yesterday and worried over their safety,” said a woman from Kamarda area.
On the other hand, Balasore Additional Collector have informed that all 33 pilgrims from Kamarda are safe in Uttarakhand. All possible steps are being taken for their safety, he added.
Notably, at least 42 pilgrims from Bhanjanagar in Odisha who had taken shelter at a guest house in Uttarakhand were returning in a bus to Kedarnath from Badrinath. Yesterday, Ganjam collector Vijay Amruta Kulange announced to credit financial help to the stranded pilgrims’ bank account and Chamoli Collector was contacted over the issue.
The pilgrims from Bhanjanagar had left for Badrinath on October 26 and were returning after darshan when the mishap took place.