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Amarnath Batal cloud burst: 10 Yatris die, over 40 missing

Cloudburst near Amarnath shrine, 04 feared dead

At least 10 pilgrims have died while more than three dozen are missing after a cloudburst hit Baltal area, which houses a base camp for the Amarnath pilgrimage, in Ganderbal district on Friday.

The rescue operation is underway by NDRF, SDRF and other partner agencies, Pahalgam told the Police Joint Control Room. The water came from above the cave after heavy rains in the upper reaches. The rain has stopped for now. Some langars at the Amarnath sanctuary were affected by the downpour. Chopper rushes to rescue the injured.

It was said from the Pahalgam Joint Police Control Room a that cloudburst was reported at around 5.30 pm in the low-lying areas of the Amarnath cave. Rescue operation is on by NDRF, SDRF and other agencies. Awaiting more information. Rescue teams are at work. ITBP teams along with other agencies are in rescue operation.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar, said that two deaths were reported after some langers and tents came under cloudburst and flash floods at holy cave.

He said that the injured persons are being airlifted for treatment while the situation is under control.

“Some langars and tents have come under cloud burst/flash floods at #HolyCave. 02 deaths reported. #Rescue operation by Police, NDRF & SFs in progress. Injured being airlifted for treatment. #Situation under #control. IGP Kashmir,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

Pertinently, the officials said that a rescue operation has been launched while the chopper was also pressed into the service to evacuate the injured persons.

Authorities announced on Wednesday (July 6) that with some improvements in weather conditions along both routes, Amarnath Yatra will resume for the day.

Previously, due to bad weather along the Baltal and Pahalgam routes, pilgrims were not allowed to move from either side to the cave shrine and pilgrims were not allowed to move to the Valley from Jammu.

The annual 43-day Amarnath yatra began from the twin base camps, Nunwan-Pahalgam in Anantnag, southern Kashmir, and the 14-kilometre shorter Baltal base camp in Ganderbal, central Kashmir, on June 30.

So far, more than 65,000 pilgrims have visited Baba Barfani in the Amarnath cave in this yatra that started on June 30. At the same time, due to bad weather, the journey has to be stopped for 2 to 3 days in between. Now the news of cloudburst is coming near the cave of Amarnath.

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