Cloudburst In Amarnath: Yatra Suspended Temporarily

Cloudburst In Amarnath: Yatra Suspended Temporarily

At least 15 people have died due to flash floods triggered by a cloudburst on Friday evening near the holy Amarnath cave located in South Kashmir. While many have been injured, 50-60 people are feared missing. According to media reports, 60 people are missing. Two to three thousand people are reported to be trapped near Amarnath cave and in Panchtarni.

Indian Army and ITBP personnel are engaged in relief and rescue operations. Police and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are also engaged in the rescue operation. Two to three thousand people are reported to be trapped near Amarnath cave and in Panchtarni.

Amarnath Yatra

Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir has cancelled all leave (regular/contractual) of the employees and directed them to report for duty immediately. All the officers have been instructed to keep their mobiles switched on.

Meanwhile, Amarnath Yatra has been suspended due to the accident. According to news agency PTI, the decision to restore the yatra will be taken only after the rescue operation is completed. The Yatra is currently closed from both the routes Baltal and Pahalgam. Amarnath Yatra started on June 3 itself.

Passengers are allowed to come from Jammu but the journey beyond Baltal is closed. Meanwhile, a new batch of Amarnath pilgrims left from Jammu base camp. A traveller said, “We are now letting us the go-ahead for the journey. All kinds of facilities are being provided. We are feeling very good. Baba will protect everyone. Sad about the natural calamity that happened yesterday, but Baba Barfani Will protect everyone and give darshan.”

Temporary hospitals are built, and helicopters are deployed in the rescue operation

Amarnath Yatra

According to news agency PTI, officials said that temporary hospitals have been set up at Sonamarg and other places to help the injured. According to him, helplines have been set up in South Kashmir’s Anantnag, Srinagar and Delhi to help the affected families, as well as an Integrated Command Center under the charge of the Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir). The Jammu and Kashmir administration has deployed advanced light helicopters for the rescue operation.

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