As many as 67 persons, including several women, from the city are stranded in the quake-hit city of Kathmandu in Nepal. The tourist contingent had left for Nepal on April 20 and was to return next Tuesday.
Their families here remained on tenterhooks till late in the evening when some of the stranded people managed to call back home to inform about their well-being.
“When I came to know about the earthquake, the first thing I did was to call my mother (Sushma) but her phone was switched off which sent a shiver down my spine. Other families too tried frantically to get in touch with their loved ones but the entire communication system in Nepal has been affected. We heaved a sigh of relief when my mother called up to say that everyone in the group was safe,” said advocate Harish Anand.
Anand said his mother contacted through the hotline started by the Nepal government. “The call lasted for a few seconds but at
least we got to know about their well-being. We are praying for their safe return,” he added.
The concerned families contacted Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna in New Delhi. The MP said he would talk to the ministries of home and foreign affairs to help in evacuation of Indian nationals in Nepal.
“I am also in touch with non-government sources to seek help for the stranded tourists,” Khanna said.