All 29 Malaysian students of Melaka Manipal Medical College on Manipal University campus, who were stranded in the flood-ravaged Kashmir, are safe.
G.K. Prabhu, Registrar of the university, told The Hindu on Wednesday that the second year MBBS students went on a vacation after their semester examinations ended. The university came to know of this only after the Malaysian Consulate-General in Chennai informed the university, he said.
The Consulate informed the university that the students were safe. “The parents of the students too are in touch with the Consulate-General. The students are likely to go to Malaysia from Kashmir as their vacation was on. They may not come to Manipal as of now,” Dr. Prabhu said.
Raghava M. reports from Mangalore: Seven members of a Mangalorean family stranded in Jammu and Kashmir have been rescued.
They were airlifted from Awantipora to Chandigarh by the defence personnel, from where they reached New Delhi on Wednesday.
“We are relieved to be back. We were tensed because of the lack of communication since September 6,” said Jeppu Krishnanand Rao over the phone.
The family left the city on August 28 on a north India tour. They reached Awantipora on the way to Gulmarg from Pahalgam on September 6 when it started raining. They got stuck following landslips.
Mr. Rao, his wife Lata Mallika Rao, their relative and orthopaedic surgeon Ramanand Rao and Dr. Ramanand Rao’s doctor-daughter Vikshita Rao were among those who had reached New Delhi. A couple from Shimoga too was with them, Mr. Rao said.
Two doctors in the family – Dr. Ramanand Rao and Dr. Vikshita Rao – offered their services to the needy in Jammu, he said.Naresh Nandha Madhava, who hails from Mangalore and works at HDB Financial Services in Chennai was in Srinagar with his 71 colleagues for a meeting. All of them are said to be safe, according to Mr. Madhava’s wife, who spoke to The Hindu from Chennai.
Eight from Bidar safe
Eight members of three families from Basavakalyan, who were on a tour to Jammu and Kashmir, are safe, according to their relatives on Wednesday.
Akash Kongale told The Hindu that his brother Mahesh and his family and friends were safe. They called on Monday and said they had moved to rooms on the upper floors of a hotel. They were expected to be evacuated soon, he said.
Five from Chintamani stranded
The families of five elderly persons from Chintamani in Chickballapur district, who had been on a north India tour, have no clue about their whereabouts. All the five retired government employees, aged between 68 and 78, contacted their families last on September 7. The families have filed a missing complaint with the local police seeking the State’s help to trace and rescue them. G.R. Krishna Reddy (68), Munirathnam Naidu (78), M.V. Annaiah (75), Vemanarayan (68) and Narayanaswamy (71) began their 20-day tour on August 30.
When they called from Srinagar on September 7, they said it was raining there but they were safe, said Nataraj, Mr. Reddy’s son.
The Circle Inspector of Police, Chintamani Town, told The Hindu on Wednesday that details about the missing persons had been gathered from their families.