Amarnath Cloudburst Tragedy: Over 15,000 Rescued, 40 Pilgrims Still Missing

The cloudburst in Amarnath, resulting in a flash flood, has led to the death of 15 people till now. As per the media reports, over 15,000 pilgrims have been rescued till now but 40 are still missing for which the search operation is under progress. All the rescued pilgrims have been shifted to Panjtarni’s lower base camp. 

After Friday afternoon’s flash flood and landslides rummaged through tents and community kitchens, searches for the missing have been started and in progress. Senior officials reported that 25 injured people had been transported to hospitals, while many more are reportedly still believed to be buried beneath the rubble.

While an Mi-17 chopper of the BSF’s air wing has been sent, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has also deployed the helicopters for the rescue operation. As tweeted by news agency ANI, 15 people have died and the search operation is under progress, while the ‘paidal yatra’ has been temporarily suspended. 

“Jammu & Kashmir | 15 dead in the Amarnath cloud burst incident. Rescue operation continues. The foot yatra has been temporarily suspended: Indian Army officials”

On the other hand, due to the heavy rains, even the Kedarnath Yatra has been stopped. News agency ANI tweeted:

“Uttarakhand | Kedarnath Yatra has been stopped in the wake of heavy rains from Sonprayag onwards keeping in view the safety of the pilgrims amid fears of untoward incident: Rudraprayag district administration”

The Amarnath yatra which has been temporarily suspended, took place after 3 years. While in 2019,  the yatra was suspended due to security reasons as the Central government had withdrawn article 370 from Jammu & Kashmir, in 2020 and 2021, the pilgrimage didn’t take place due to the Covid pandemic in the country.

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