‘More data on missing foreigners soon’


External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said here on Thursday that more information would be collected on foreigners missing since the disaster that struck Uttarakhand in June, and the information would soon be provided to the State government.

Telecommunication data from the Uttarakhand Missing Cell showed that there were many calls from the USA, the Minister said, adding that U.S. agencies would be consulted to get further information on the issue. According to the data available, 92 Nepali citizens are missing. “We will get in touch with the concerned authorities in Kathmandu to arrive at the correct data on the missing Nepali citizens,” Mr. Khurshid said.

Proposing the use of helicopters for the Kailash Manassarovar Yatra, the Minister said that a meeting would be held in New Delhi to decide on whether two more batches could be sent soon. “Many roads and bridges were destroyed in the State. The Uttarakhand government requested that an alternative arrangement be made for two more batches to go for the Yatra.” Uttarakhand’s economy, he said, depended on tourism. “Uttarakhand is counted as one of the best tourist destinations in the country. We want that tourists from all over the world should keep visiting Uttarakhand.”

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