Amarnath cloudburst: Toll rises to 16 yatra temporarily suspended

Amarnath cloudburst: Toll rises to 16 yatra temporarily suspended
Amarnath cloudburst: Toll rises to 16 yatra temporarily suspended

At least 16 persons have died in the flash flood brought on by a cloudburst in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, news company ANI documented Saturday. The victims ended up tenting in close proximity to the Amarnath cave shrine, when the cloudburst happened all around 6 pm Friday. The flash flood washed away a aspect of the camp.

A Border Security Power (BSF) spokesperson in Delhi explained that the 16 bodies have been shifted to Baltal.

Rescue operations are underway. IGP Kashmir, and Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir reached Amarnath holy cave early Saturday to supervise the rescue functions. A Mi-17 chopper of the BSF’s air wing has been pressed into service aside from equivalent property of the Military.

At minimum 15,000 pilgrims, who were stranded in close proximity to the Amarnath holy cave, have been shifted to the lower base camp of Panjtarni, and “no yatri is left on the track”, an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) spokesperson was quoted by information agency PTI as stating.

The Amarnath yatra continues to be temporarily suspended.

Meanwhile, Vivek Kumar Pandey, Pro of the ITBP, explained to ANI that about 30-40 men and women are nonetheless lacking.

“Air rescue operations commenced this early morning as 6 pilgrims ended up evacuated. The military health care groups are acquiring sufferers and casualties at the Nilagrar helipad for onward evacuation,” an official explained on Saturday, according to PTI.

An Army official explained mountain rescue groups and lookout patrols were being on the position to search for missing men and women.

A BSF spokesperson explained medical practitioners and medical workers of the paramilitary power addressed 9 individuals who ended up critically hurt in the floods. “They have been rescued to decrease altitude Neelgrath base camp,” he stated.

A little BSF crew is also deployed at the Neelgrath helipad to support the pilgrims coming from the holy cave, in accordance to PTI. About 150 yatris stayed at the BSF camp created in Panjtarni on Friday night and 15 sufferers have been airlifted to Baltal on Saturday morning, the BSF spokesperson mentioned.

Officers believed that at least 25 tents were being strike on Friday. Apart from the tents, three neighborhood kitchens wherever pilgrims had been remaining served foodstuff have been also strike, in accordance to PTI.

Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir) K Pandurang Pole instructed The Indian Convey that interaction and electrical power provides at the camps are purposeful. “The camp accommodates about 3,000 folks. The incident took position close to 6 pm when the vast majority of pilgrims were being possibly on the trek or proceeding for supper,” he mentioned.

IGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said rescue functions were being being carried out by J&K Law enforcement, NDRF and protection forces.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish at the decline of lives and explained “all possible aid is being provided” to the affected. Modi mentioned he spoke to J&K L-G Manoj Sinha “and took inventory of the situation”. “Rescue and aid operations are underway,” he posted on Twitter.

Sinha stated rescue teams have been rushed to the place, and instructions have been issued to present “all necessary assistance to the pilgrims”. He reported PM Modi and Union Property Minister Amit Shah have “assured all the help”.

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