Fans and well-wishers of Manju Warrier can breathe a sigh of relief as the actress and the team of Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Kayattam, who were stranded in the Himalayas, are now safe. The information was passed by an official from Union Minister V Muraleedharan’s team who was helping coordinate the rescue effort. The road connectivity to Chhatru village where the team was shooting the film was re-established on Tuesday, but they decided not to shift to Khoksar base immediately as they had to walk 22 kilometres.
Arsheel Khan, the training and capacity co-ordinator of Lahaul and Spiti district disaster management authority headed the rescue team as per the directions of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. He tells us that Manju and team reached Khoksar base on Wednesday noon and have left to Manali. “There is nothing to worry now. At Chhatru, I had personally met them and ensured that they had enough water and food. As they didn’t want to walk, they said to wait till a vehicle arrives and leave Chhatru on Wednesday morning,” he says.
The official said that the disaster management team had asked them to evacuate as early as possible because there are chances that the flood situation could get worse till August 24. “They assured that they will leave by Wednesday morning,” he says.
The news that Manju and 29 members from the team were stranded in the remote village of Chhatru came into light after her brother Madhu Warrier sought help from minister Muraleedharan for her rescue. This was after she had called Madhu through a satellite phone to inform him that 200 people along with the team were stuck and they only had enough food for two days.