Amarnath Yatra postponed due to cloudburst near Amarnath cave
Amarnath Yatra postponed due to cloudburst near Amarnath cave

On Friday, sudden floods in the area of the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir washed away a number of tents and communal kitchens. The number of fatalities in this crash has risen to 17. 65 passengers have been hurt. In addition, it is reported that roughly 40 pilgrims are missing.

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At least 15,000 pilgrims who were left stranded by cloudburst-caused flash floods close to the revered Amarnath cave in Jammu and Kashmir have been relocated to lower base camp Panjtarni. An ITBP official revealed this on Saturday, stating that the ITBP has also boosted the number of teams working on the passage leading from the bottom portion of the sacred cave to Panjtarni.

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The Amarnath Yatra has been postponed in the wake of this tragedy, according to a senior administration official. The decision to continue the rescue effort will be made after the rescue effort is completed. But late on Friday night, a fresh group of pilgrims embarked on the Amarnath Yatra, traveling from the Jammu base camp to the Baltal and Pahalgam base camps in Kashmir.

Due to the unexpected surge on Friday evening, the majority of the people stranded near the holy cave area have been moved to Panjtarni, the official added. The evacuation process lasted till 3.38 in the morning. According to an ITBP spokeswoman, there are no travelers in the area. So far, 15,000 people have been taken to a safe location by evacuation.

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Two ALH Dhruv and Mi-17 V5 helicopters have been sent by the Air Force from Srinagar to the Amarnath cave site to assist in rescue efforts. Additionally, Chandigarh has two transport aircraft on standby: an AN-32 and an Ilyushin-76.

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