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Flash floods after cloudburst near Amarnath cave; 15 Dead, over 40 missing, Yatra suspended temporarily, MI-17 chopper deployed

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: A Clouburst near amarnath cave wreaks havoc. Several people were washed away due to flash floods triggered by a cloudburst on Friday evening near the holy Amarnath cave located in south Kashmir. So far 16 people have been confirmed dead in the accident. Confirming this, an official said that around 40 people are missing and five have been rescued. All the bodies have been sent to Baltal on Saturday morning.

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BSF MI 17 helicopter was pressed into action from Nilgarh Helipad/Baltal to BSF Camp Srinagar for further treatment or transportation of dead bodies to their homes. ITBP teams are searching for the missing near Amarnath cave. The search operation is in full swing.

After the accident, it was decided to stop the ascent of pilgrims from Baltal camp towards Pahalgam. This decision was taken in view of the bad weather. However, after the improvement in the weather on Saturday, a new batch of pilgrims left for Pahalgam. In this regard, a devotee told that we are moving towards Pahalgam camp. We hope that the journey will start again. We pray that Bholenath protects all the devotees.

Due to the flash floods last evening, most of the passengers stranded near the holy cave area have been shifted to Panjtarni. ITBP had deployed security teams from Lower Holi cave to Panjtarni. The rescue continued till 3.38 am.

No passenger is left on the track. So far around 15,000 people have been evacuated safely. Here, bringing the injured to Baltal Base Hospital has started. 3 injured have been brought.

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A cloudburst incident occurred in the Amarnath cave area on Friday, resulting in massive water inflow into the ‘nallah’ adjacent to the holy cave. According to officials of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the lower cave (Amarnath) at around 5.30 pm The cloud burst in ), after which the rescue teams reached the spot.

Chief Medical Officer of Ganderbal in Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. A Shah had said on Friday, “13 people died and 48 others were injured due to cloudburst near the holy shrine of Amarnath.

Let us inform that after two years due to the Corona period, the pilgrimage started on 30 June this year, since then more than one lakh pilgrims have offered prayers at the temple.

ITBP says 15,000 stranded pilgrims evacuated
At least 15,000 pilgrims, who were stranded near the Amarnath holy cave in Jammu and Kashmir due to a flash flood triggered by a cloudburst, have been shifted to the lower base camp of Panjtarni, an ITBP spokesperson said on Saturday.

Weather advisory issued in J&K’s Rajouri

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Not to move near water bodies

Not to travel on slippery roads

To stay away from cloud brust prone areas

Not to move in areas of loose soil surface prone to land slides

To maintain precautions while handling open electrical lines, wires or appliances.

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