42 Odia Pilgrims Left Stranded In Badrinath Due To Snow Fall
Bhubaneswar: Atleast 42 pilgrims from Odisha have been stranded at Badrinath in Uttarakhand due to heavy snowfall. The pilgrims hail from Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district of Odisha.
As per latest reports, the pilgrims were returning back from Badrinath when they got trapped in the heavy snowfall that lashed the Himalayan states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday.
Based on preliminary information, the number of people stranded is estimated to be around 42. All of them have taken shelter at a charitable guest house as heavy snowfall has blocked roads and made it difficult to venture out. The had reached Badrinath dham on October 26 and were planning to visit Rishikesh when tragedy struck.
One of the pilgrims has conveyed over phone that there is no food, water or electricity there and all of them are battling extreme hardships.
Meanwhile, JRC Pravat Mahapatra informed that Odisha Government has written a letter to the Uttarakhand Government regarding the matter. The Ganjam district officials have also initiated efforts for evacuation of the stranded pilgrims. Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange has informed that money will be transferred into the bank accounts of the pilgrims.