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Mamata worried about tourists stuck in Dras due to landslide

Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed concern over the tourists from Bengal who got stuck in Dras following a landslide, and directed senior officials to take necessary steps for their safety and security.
A group of people from Konanagar in Hooghly had gone for a trip to Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh and got stuck on their way back from Leh and Ladakh.
A Landslide took place on Tuesday at Saitani Nalah, which is situated between Dras and Sonmarg, leaving the tourists stranded on their way back from Leh and Ladakh.
All tourists were taken back to Dras, the sub-divisional headquarters, where there are hotels, hospitals and habitation.
The Chief Minister, who is in Kalimpong at present, directed officials of the state government to take necessary steps on an immediate basis, to ensure that the tourists do not face any problem and return safely to their homes.
Senior officials of the state government contacted officials of Kashmir administration. It has been learnt that officials from Kashmir administration are extending all help to those who are stuck in Dras. They have given food and water to the stranded tourists. The local administration has also made necessary arrangements to provide medical assistance to the tourists, who are stuck at the place since Tuesday.
The state government officials have also come to know that the work of clearing the road is going on in full swing and would be done by Thursday afternoon.
As soon as the road is cleared and it is declared safe for vehicles to ply, initiatives would be taken to help the tourists return home.
The state Tourism department has also opened a helpline number (033-22358271/033-22358272), on which people can contact for any assistance.
So far, there is information of about 22 people from Bengal getting stuck in Dras.
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