IndiaAmarnath Yatra 15 dead, 40 missing in cloudburst floods

Amarnath Yatra 15 dead, 40 missing in cloudburst floods

Officials said 40 people are still missing and relief and rescue operations are on to find them. Meanwhile, the journey has been stopped till further notice. Presently the situation is under control and efforts are on to identify the dead.

At least 15 people have died and 25 injured in floods triggered by cloudburst near Amarnath cave in Jammu and Kashmir .

Officials said 40 people are still missing and relief and rescue operations are on to find them. Meanwhile, the journey has been stopped till further notice. Presently the situation is under control and efforts are on to identify the dead.

The cloud burst yesterday at around 5:30 pm

According to media reports, this incident of cloudburst near Amarnath cave took place around 5:30 pm on Friday.

Kashmir’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar told news agency ANI that some langars and tents were washed away in the flash floods caused by cloudbursts.

Soon after, teams of security forces and disaster management agencies launched relief and rescue operations and rushed the injured to the hospital.

Prime Minister expressed grief over the incident

Expressing grief over the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that all possible help is being provided to the affected. He took stock of the situation by talking to the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha.

Sinha said that relief and rescue teams have been dispatched to the spot and they have been directed to provide all necessary assistance to the devotees. The Prime Minister and the Home Minister have assured full help.

15,000 people sent to safe haven

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) engaged in relief and rescue operations near Amarnath cave said that most of the pilgrims stranded near the cave due to cloudburst have been shifted to Panjtarni. As of now, no pilgrims are trapped on the track and around 15,000 people have been shifted to safer places.

The Indian Army has also sent two wall radars and sniffer dogs to the spot for the rescue operation.


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The injured are being taken to the hospital by helicopters

Officials said that the injured are undergoing treatment at all three base hospitals and adequate arrangements have been made for the same. All health systems of Ganderbal district have been alerted.

The army has also arranged for helicopters to take the injured to the hospital.

The army has taken six injured to the hospital this morning. Army’s mountain rescue team is conducting a search operation to find the missing people.

Amarnath Yatra is happening after two years

It is worth noting that the Amarnath Yatra for the darshan of Baba Amarnath is considered very sacred in Hinduism and this year this yatra is taking place after a gap of two years. This yatra was closed for the last two years due to the corona virus epidemic.

The yatra, which started on June 30, will continue till August 11. In this, more than 72,000 devotees have visited Baba Amarnath so far.

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