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J&K: A Cloudburst near Amarnath cave, At least 10 dead and several injured, rescue ops underway

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Friday, A cloudburst near the Amarnath cave in Anantnag of Jammu and Kashmir (J-K). According to the report, Ten people have died so far, While several people have been injured, three people have been rescued alive so far, said NDRF DG Atul Karwal. IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar has informed that the injured are being airlifted for treatment.

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NDRF DG Atul Karwal further said, “Cloudburst reported at around 5.30 pm. High momentum water flow affected many tents. Our crew is engaged in rescue work. 2 out of our 3 teams engaged. J-K Police, Indian Army and Indo-Tibetian Border Police (ITBP) also engaged. Initial momentum decreasing, we’ll be prepared for every situation.”

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inform that he has taken stock of the situation. “Spoke to J&K LG Manoj Sinha and took stock of the situation. Rescue and relief operations are underway. All possible assistance is being provided to the affected,” he added.

Taking to Twitter, Union home minister Amit Shah said, “I have spoken with Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha pertaining to flash floods triggered by a cloudburst at Amarnath Cave. NDRF, SDRF, BSF & local admin are doing the rescue work. Our priority is to save the lives of people.”

Union minister Dr Jitendra Singh said that he is in constant touch with the J-K administration. “The SDRF and NDRF teams have promptly swung into action to provide all possible relief and assistance,” Dr Singh tweeted. On Friday morning, heavy rains caused landslides in Ramban district and one-way traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was disrupted for several hours.

The 270-km-long highway connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country was blocked at several places by stones, landslides and landslides.

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