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04 November 2018

Rabindranath Behera

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Ganjam: In an unfortunate incident, as many as 42 pilgrims from Bhanjanagar in Ganjam have been left stranded in Uttarakhand due to intense snowfall. According to reports, the pilgrims were returning from Badrinath Dham after ‘darshan’, however extreme weather proved to be their enemy as the Bhanjanagar pilgrims have been left stranded with very little support.

According to reports, the group has reportedly taken shelter in a ‘dharamsala’ as the roads are completely blocked and there is no way back home. Meanwhile, electric connection has also been cut so the pilgrims are marooned in the unknown state with little food, water and no electricity.

Family members of the pilgrims said that the group, consisting of several senior citizens, had left Odisha on October 26. After visiting Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, the pilgrims would have embarked on their way to Rishikesh and Haridwar. On returning to Odisha on November 7, the pilgrimage would have ended with the final darshan of Puri Srimandir.

Back home, the family members have requested for help from Bhanjanagar Sub-Collector Rajendra Minj, who has assured that all of them will be rescued soon.

He also informed that one of the pilgrims might have suffered a fracture after slipping down and another has experienced breathing problems. However, they are reported to be stable now.

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Rajendra Minj, Sub Collector, Bhanjanagar, Ganjam