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First batch of three pilgrims arrive in Puducherry

Pilgrims being attended to on their return Puducherry on Wednesday.— Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
Pilgrims being attended to on their return Puducherry on Wednesday.— Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

After facing the wrath of nature in flood ravaged Uttarakhand, a group of three pilgrims, evacuated on priority basis due to their health condition, returned to Puducherry on Wednesday night. The same evening, 46 more stranded pilgrims were airlifted from Harsil to Chenoli bringing great relief to their relatives.

Dhanalakshmi, Jegadeesan and Sivaprakasam of D.R. Nagar in Puducherry, who were evacuated by a helicopter based on priority basis considering their sickness from Harsil on Tuesday, returned to Puducherry on Wednesday night. They were accompanied by Bakthavatchalam, Special Representative of Puducherry to New Delhi.

Upon arrival, their relatives who were experiencing anxious moments for the past 10 days, received them. On behalf of the territorial administration, Minister for Education T. Thiagarajan accorded them a warm welcome at Gorimedu, which is an entry point to Puducherry.

Since Dhanalakshmi developed breathing trouble and chest pain during her long journey from Dehradun to Puducherry, she was immediately admitted to the Government Hospital here along with the other pilgrims. Officials said that they would be subjected to a complete medical check-up.

Others airlifted

Meanwhile, the other pilgrims who were camping in Harsil were airlifted to safety on Wednesday. K.R. Meena, Resident Commissioner of Puducherry, who is camping at Dehradun, told TheHindu that they had safely reached Chenoli. They were given immediate medical attention and all of them are good health , he said.

They would travel to Dehradun immediately. Arrangements had been made to send them back to Chennai by air. They would reach Puducherry on Thursday night. Officials in Puducherry had been alerted to provide the best medical care to all of them upon arrival.

All the pilgrims of Puducherry have been rescued except Kumaresan of Karaikal, who went to Kedarnath on his own.

Efforts would continue to trace him, Mr. Meena said.


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