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Amarnath Yatra LIVE Updates: Amarnath Yatra suspended from Jammu due to inclement weather

Amarnath Yatra LIVE Updates: Amarnath Yatra suspended from Jammu due to inclement weather

Amarnath Yatra LIVE Updates: Amarnath Yatra suspended from Jammu due to inclement weather
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By CNBCTV18.com Jul 10, 2022 2:56:17 PM IST (Updated)

Amarnath Yatra LIVE Updates: At least 16 people have been killed while 15,000 pilgrims, who were stranded near the Amarnath holy cave in Jammu and Kashmir due to a flash flood triggered by a cloudburst, have been shifted to the lower base camp of Panjtarni, officials said Saturday. Here are the live updates from the Amarnath Yatra cloudburst and the ongoing rescue operations today:

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At least 16 people have been killed while 15,000 pilgrims, who were stranded near the Amarnath holy cave in Jammu and Kashmir due to a flash flood triggered by a cloudburst, have been shifted to the lower base camp of Panjtarni, officials said. Rescue operations by NDRF, SDRF, Army and other security agencies are going on in Amarnath after the improvement in the weather. A Border Security Force spokesperson in Delhi said, "16 bodies have been shifted to Baltal."

The pilgrimage that began on June 30 has been suspended following the tragedy and a decision on its resumption will be taken after rescue operations get over, a senior administration official had said. The office of the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor tweeted that the administration was trying to restore the yatra at the earliest and requested the yatris to stay put in the camps.
Most of the pilgrims, who were stranded near the holy cave shrine area due to the flash flood that occurred Friday evening, have been shifted to Panjtarni.
The cloudburst that occurred around 5.30 pm on Friday dumped copious rain and thick streams of sludge rolled down the mountain slopes into the valley. The gushing waters hit the base camp outside the shrine in south Kashmir, damaging 25 tents and three community kitchens where the pilgrims are served food, according to officials.
The yatra is scheduled to end on August 11 on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
Here are the live updates from the Amarnath Yatra cloudburst and the ongoing rescue operations today:
  • Amarnath Yatra has been suspended from Jammu due to inclement weather conditions and no fresh batch was allowed to proceed to the base camps of the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said. "Amarnath Yatra has been suspended from Jammu to twin base camps in Kashmir due to inclement weather. No fresh batch was allowed to move towards Amarnath," an official told PTI. The annual 43-day pilgrimage commenced from the twin base camps, Nunwan-Pahalgam in south Kashmir's Anantnag and Baltal in central Kashmir's Ganderbal, on June 30.
  • Undeterred by the deadly flash floods that have claimed at least 16 lives at Baltal, devotees thronged the Amarnath Yatra base camp in Jammu with a "high degree of enthusiasm and devotion" for their onward journey to the cave shrine situated at a height of 3,880 metres in the south Kashmir Himalayas.
  • National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah said the government should order an inquiry to ascertain how tents and community kitchens were set up in a highly-vulnerable area close to the Amarnath cave shrine in the south Kashmir Himalayas, which was hit by flash floods on Friday. "We are hopeful that the government will form an inquiry commission to know how it happened and why it happened," Abdullah told reporters after meeting Yashwant Sinha, the joint opposition candidate for the July 18 presidential polls, here.
  • IAF deploys eight helicopters: The Indian Air Force has deployed eight helicopters as part of the rescue and relief operations following the cloudburst incident near the Amarnath cave shrine. The IAF said four Mi-17V5 and four Cheetal helicopters were deployed for rescue and relief efforts at the Amarnath shrine. "The Cheetal helicopters flew 45 sorties, inducting five NDRF and Army personnel and 3.5 tonnes of relief material while evacuating 45 survivors from the holy cave," an IAF spokesperson said.The Mi-17V5 helicopters flew 20 sorties, delivered 9.5 tonnes of relief material and evacuated 64 survivors, the official said adding the choppers brought back seven mortal remains from the area. An-32 transport aircraft and a Dornier plane are also being utilised to airlift hand-held radar equipment from Imphal to Srinagar. "Air assets continue to be on standby at all major air bases in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh areas," the spokesperson said.
  • Place facts about Amarnath tragedy before country: Yashwant Sinha to govt | The Opposition's joint candidate for the presidential election Yashwant Sinha on Saturday expressed anguish over the lives lost due to a cloudburst near the Amarnath cave shrine and urged the government to place facts about the incident before the country. Sinha, who arrived here this morning to seek support for his candidature, was speaking at a meeting with opposition parties of Kashmir. "I express deep anguish over the loss of life in the Amarnath tragedy. We don't know exactly how many people have been killed but it seems that many lives have been lost," the former Union minister said. "It is our duty that we try to bring out the truth. The government should place facts about the tragedy before the nation and not hide anything," Sinha said.
  • A woman from Baruipur in South 24 Parganas district is among the deceased and 12 people from Jalpaiguri are stranded there, according to Nabanna sources."Shocked and stunned by the Amarnath disaster. Sincere condolences to kins (sic) of the victims, solidarity to the trapped and stranded," Banerjee tweeted. "Opened (a) control room in Nabanna (033- 22143526), activated our Delhi RC (resident commissioner) office, connected J&K government for rescue of pilgrims from Bengal," she said.The chief minister added that all help would be extended to the affected families.
  • Army engages high-tech equipment to rescue Amarnath pilgrims: In one of the major peacetime rescue operations, the Indian Army has deployed men and machinery including the latest equipment to rescue the Amarnath pilgrims who were injured in the flash flood triggered by heavy rain, an Army official said here on Saturday. The rescue team rushed to the site as soon as they got the information about casualties in the cloudburst that occurred on Friday evening, the official said.
  • Amarnath flash floods may be due highly localised rain event, not cloudburst, says IMD: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday said the deaths and destruction near the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir were due to a highly localised rain event and not due to a cloudburst. According to weather scientists, the shrine reported 31 mm of rainfall between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm on Friday, which is quite low to be categorised as a cloudburst. "The flash floods could have been triggered due to rainfall in the higher reaches of the mountains near the Amarnath cave shrine," IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra told PTI. According to the IMD, a rain event is categorised as a cloudburst if a weather station receives 100 mm of rain in one hour. The IMD has an automatic weather station near the Amarnath cave shrine which provides weather forecasts during the pilgrimage. However, the surrounding mountains do not have any weather monitoring stations due to their inaccessibility.
  • Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh had a miraculous escape from the flash flood triggered by a cloudburst near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir, which left 13 dead. Raja Singh and his family members who reached Amarnath by a chopper decided to use ponies to descend the hills before as the weather condition began deteriorating.
    • Rescue ops near Amarnath cave shrine continue overnight: Six pilgrims were evacuated by Army's helicopters on Saturday as rescue operations continued through the night near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath after a flash flood triggered by a cloudburst swept away scores of people, killing at least 13, officials said. The cloudburst that occurred around 5.30 pm on Friday dumped copious rain and thick streams of sludge rolled down the mountain slopes into the valley. The gushing waters hit the base camp outside the shrine in south Kashmir, damaging 25 tents and three community kitchens where the pilgrims are served food, according to officials.
    • Ten people were killed in the incident even as police, army and NDRF personnel launched a rescue operation, the officials said. An NDRF team was already there while two more teams are being rushed, they added.
      • Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the incident on Twitter. Union Home Minister Amit Shah directed central forces and Jammu and Kashmir administration to ensure swift rescue operations.
      • "NDRF, CRPF, BSF and local administration are engaged in the rescue work. Saving people's lives is our priority. I wish all the devotees well," Shah said.
        • Sinha said he is closely monitoring the situation and instructed all concerned to provide necessary assistance to the pilgrims. "Deeply pained by unfortunate incident of cloudburst at Shri Amarnathji holy cave, in which precious lives have been lost. I send my heartfelt condolences to bereaved families. Rescue operation by NDRF, SDRF, BSF, Army, JKP & Shrine board admin is in progress," he tweeted.
          • List of Amarnath Yatra helpline numbers for assistance:NDRF: 011-23438252, 011-23438253Kashmir Divisional Helpline: 0194-2496240Shrine Board Helpline: 0194-2313149
          • — With inputs from agencies
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