Saturday, 05 December 2015 - 18:57
Pilgrims who were stranded in Budda Gaya to arrive in the island tomorrow
Sri Lankan Airlines have arranged a special flight to bring back a group of 108 pilgrims who were stranded Buddha Gaya by the floods that have ravaged parts of India.
The elderly pilgrims are being sheltered by the Prelate of the Buddhist vihara in Gaya.
The pilgrims had been scheduled to travel by road to Chennai and fly to Colombo, but flooding shut down the Chennai airport, leaving them stranded in Bodh Gaya.
Sri lankan High Commissioner in India Esala Weerakoon has coordinated matters regarding the pilgrims with the vihare in Gaya where the pilgrims found shelter, and authorities in Bodh Gaya.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Airlines said more flights have been cancelled following the announcement by the Indian aviation authorities that the aerodrome of the Chennai Airport would be closed for commercial operations till December 8.