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Amarnath Yatra: 16 pilgrims dead, 40 missing due to cloudburst in Amarnath


Bright Times News: The danger of cloudburst rain on Amarnath’s journey the mountain collapsed. It is learned that 25 charitable camps have been washed away by the floods. It is known that 18 pilgrims have died. Besides, at least 40 people are missing. In this situation, the administration has decided to stop the Amarnath journey for the time being.

According to sources, the tents and community kitchens of the devotees under the Amarnath Cave were washed away by the torrential rains and sudden tidal waves near the Amarnath Cave around 5.30 pm.

various rescue teams including NDRF and SDRF have already started the rescue operation there. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is monitoring the situation. Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar said some anchors and tents were washed away in the incident.

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The injured are being treated. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has also joined the rescue operation at the Amarnath base camp. It is learned that one thousand benefactors have been rescued so far. It is known that they were brought back by airlift. Besides, the injured are being shifted to the hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about the situation. There, he wrote, “Concerned about the torrential rains near Amarnath Cave. Condolences to the families of the deceased. I have spoken to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to find out the situation.

Rescue work is underway. All assistance is being extended to those affected.” Union Home Minister Amit Shah has directed the Union Army and the Jammu and Kashmir administrations to speed up the rescue operation.

Note that the Amarnath journey begins on June 30. The benefactors have to face challenges from the very beginning. The local administration decided to postpone the journey a couple of days ago due to unfavorable weather conditions. The pilgrims were not allowed to proceed before the Nunwan base camp in Pahalgam.

On Friday the weather improved a bit. On this day passengers can proceed to visit Amarnath cave, and permission is given. Special guidelines have been issued for the students of Baltal in the Ganderbal district due to inclement weather. It is learned that so far one lakh devotees have returned after visiting the Amarnath cave.

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