The tragic incident in Amarnath Yatra
During the Amarnath Yatra, the pilgrimage that began on June 30, not only did 16 individuals die in a flash flood triggered by a cloudburst, but also reports of around 50-60 missing people are coming. The cloudburst that occurred around 5.30 pm on Friday swept away many people and damaged 25 tents, including three community kitchens. The overflowing waters hit south Kashmir and left more than 10 thousand Pilgrims stuck at the Nunwan base camp in Pahalgam.
Amarnath Yatra Helpline Numbers
The Ministry has issued helpline numbers to assist the needy with immediate effect, which is already providing services in Hindi and English as well as in many foreign languages such as English, Hindi, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Chinese), Portuguese & Russian. Not only Indians but foreign tourists also participate in Amarnath Yatra, that is why it has been decided to assist in other languages as well.
The helpline (toll-free) number issued by the government is as follows – 24×7 Toll-free Tourist Helpline no: 1800-11-1363, Short Code: 1363
More helpline numbers-
NDRF – 01123438252, 01123438253, 919711077372.
J&K SDRF – 911942455165, 919906967840.
Amarnath Yatra Helpline – 01912478993
Rescue Operations till now
Although the team of NDRF and J&K police personnel presented on the spot had started the rescue works immediately, the active soldiers have taken the lead now and are engaged in the rescue work with readiness. The serving rescuers on the spot are trying hard to get everyone out safely. Many pilgrims have been evacuated by Army helicopters till now, and the rescue operations are continued day and night even though the weather is not conducive.
Likely to continue the Journey
It is hard to say anything by looking at the current distress situation if the journey will be postponed or continued. This decision will likely be taken considering the weather conditions in the coming days. The Yatra has been temporarily suspended, and the safety of the visitors is the priority.