KATHMANDU, Nepal — Dozens of Indian pilgrims stranded in a mountain town in Nepal were able to fly out after weather cleared up Tuesday, allowing flights to land, a government official said.
Government administrator Madhav Prasad Dhungana said 90 of the Indian pilgrims were able to fly out of Simikot after eight flights were able to land at the airstrip, located about 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of the capital, Kathmandu.
He said the remaining hundreds of Indian pilgrims were staying in hotels and have access to food and medicine if required.
Monsoon rains had forced flights to be canceled for the past three days in the mountainous area, where it is difficult to fly in bad weather. It is common for flights to be disrupted during the rainy season in Nepal, which is mostly covered by mountains.
Thousands of Indians visit the area in Nepal and Tibet on pilgrimage trips every year.
Meanwhile, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said 1,575 Indian pilgrims were stranded in Nepal and Tibet and requests have been made to Nepal's government for army helicopters.
Swaraj said Indian representatives were in contact with the pilgrims, "ensuring that food and lodging facilities are available" to them.
"We have set up hotlines for pilgrims and their family members," she said on Twitter.