With more than 1,000 people from Maharashtra still stuck in earthquake-hit Nepal, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis took to Twitter to allay the fears of their relatives and update them on the rescue operations. Barring the 23 people who are yet to be traced, the state teams have managed to get in touch with most of them.
“Maximum people from Maharashtra, in Nepal are known to be safe. Some have reached India and some are reaching/have reached Kathmandu airport. Arrangements for boarding and lodging being made at the Maharashtra Sadan,” said Fadnavis, in his tweets.
According to the state officials, around 60 people have been brought back to India, while 200 others have been rescued and are expected to return soon. “We have established contact with most of the stranded people from the state. Some have returned to India, while others are at the Kathmandu airport, the cricket stadium and different parts of Nepal,” said Suhas Divse, director of Maharashtra Disaster Management Authority.
The officials at the state disaster control room said there was a possibility that 100-150 people more are stranded in Nepal. “Some relatives have not alerted us, while some others have got in touch with the officials at the Delhi’s Maharashtra Sadan.” Divse said the rescue operations will go on for another two days. “Not just weather conditions, the rescue operations depend on many factors such as the route taken to reach Kathmandu, road connectivity and whether the airport is functional or not.”
Meanwhile, a batch of sales tax officials that was stranded at the Mount Everest base camp have been contacted and are safe, said Divse.
The MDMA, in coordination with the district officials, are trying to identify those stranded and have urged their families to get in touch with the state disaster control room. Officials at the Maharashtra Sadan have been coordinating with the ministry of external affairs for the rescue operations.