Jammu & Kashmir

Four dead, 4 injured in cloudburst at Amarnath shrine

The cloudburst occurred at around 5.30 p.m. near the Amarnath cave shrine. Two langars (community kitchens) and 25 Yatri tents were affected by the large amount of swirling water from the cloudburst.

Srinagar: Four yatris were killed and four others injured in a cloudburst near the Amarnath cave shrine on Friday evening, officials said.

“Four Yatris killed, 4 injured in Amarnath cloudburst,” an official source said.

The cloudburst occurred at around 5.30 p.m. near the Amarnath cave shrine. Two langars (community kitchens) and 25 Yatri tents were affected by the large amount of swirling water from the cloudburst.

Rescue teams were immediately rushed to the spot, some using helicopter services. The rescue operation is still going on and the authorities are trying to ascertain the exact casualties or damage caused by the cloudburst.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar told reporters that rescue operations by various agencies is underway, the situation is under control and the injured are being airlifted for treatment.

Officials said cloudburst occurred at at around 5.30 p.m. and water surged above/the sides of the cave after heavy rains at the upper reaches.

The yatra was flagged off on June 30 after remaining suspended for two years due to the pandemic.

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