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Over 150 Hindu pilgrims stranded in Bolan after flash floods

April 13, 2019
 
Two people are feared missing



At least two people are feared missing after flash floods trapped over 150 Hindu pilgrims in Balochistan's Bolan. 

Hindus from Nasirabad and Jafarabad in Balochistan and Jacobabad in Sindh had traveled to the Harisar Devta temple for Vesaki. On April 11, communication was cut off after flash floods lashed the province.

Balochistan government representative Danesh Kumar told SAMAA TV that the pilgrims are all safe in the mountains. However, he said the floods had swept away five to six of their camels and their rations. Earlier, communication was cut off but now we've spoken to them and confirmed they are safe, he said.

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We are working to get them out of there and send them rations, he said. However, they have to wait for the rain to stop to send helicopters. The provincial government is readying its helicopters and rescue teams but they can't take off until the weather clears up.

The pilgrims are stuck in the mountainous region between Jhal Magsi and Bolan. It takes seven hours to get to the region on camel. The chief minister has told the deputy commissioners of Jhal Magsi and Kachhi to ready their rescue teams, said Kumar.

He said there have been no casualties.

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