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Vaishno Devi Yatra to resume today after 2nd temporary suspension

The movement of pilgrims to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Katra town in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir will resume on Sunday morning. on Saturday, For the second consecutive day, the movement of pilgrims to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra town of Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district was temporarily suspended due to heavy rains.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The movement of pilgrims to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Katra town in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir will resume on Sunday morning. on Saturday, For the second consecutive day, the movement of pilgrims to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district was temporarily suspended due to heavy rains.

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“Due to inclement weather conditions, the yatra has been suspended till Sunday morning, ” Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said. Since Saturday night, the yatra has been on hold. Yatra has been postponed to August 21st, the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said on Saturday due to the bad weather. The deploying of police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is noteworthy. Currently, the Board is keeping a close eye on the issue.

Yesterday, Several video footages were shared on social media platforms which showed a flood-like situation on the Vaishno Devi track. The flood-like situation was reported in the Banganga and Himkoti areas of Jammu and Kashmir. A cloudburst earlier in July caused a massive flow of water in the ‘Nallah,’ next to the holy cave, damaging the road to Amarnath and putting the yatra on hold for some time. The Indian Air Force also sent four Mi-17V5 and four Cheetal helicopters to the Amarnath shrine to aid with rescue and relief activities.

India, at the peak of the monsoon, experienced flash floods in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and extremely heavy rainfall causing landslides, house collapses and deaths. The situation in several states brought normal life to a halt as railways and bridges crashed, among other incidents.

As per the latest reports, at least 31 people lost their lives in the disaster-like situation. Of these, 22 deaths have occurred from Himachal Pradesh itself. Four each in Uttarakhand and Odisha and one in Jharkhand are included in the death toll.

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The Yatra got underway from Jammu with the help of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the army, and the local police to ensure everyone’s safety On June 29th. Amarnath is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that is situated at an altitude of 3,880 metres in the Himalayas. Pilgrims make the ascent to the shrine via either Pahalgam or Baltal.

Power supply was disrupted for hours at many places and major cities remained in jam. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that very heavy rains are likely over West Madhya Pradesh on Sunday and East Rajasthan on Monday. Parts of the national capital also received rain on Saturday, bringing respite to the people from the heat.

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