Amarnath Cloudburst: 14 Dead Bodies Recovered, 29 Rescued

SRINAGAR: Rescue teams working at the cloudburst hit Amarnath shrine track have recovered 14 dead bodies so far. As many as 19 pilgrims have been rescued of whom nine are seriously injured, officials in Srinagar said.

The area very close to the cave shrine witnessed a massive flash flood as a result of a cloudburst uphill and a lot of tented infrastructures were washed away. Authorities are assessing the number of pilgrims who are missing. Some reports in media, not immediately confirmed by the authorities suggest that 16 pilgrims have died in the flash flood.

Officials said they have flown six pilgrims to hospitals in army chopper late last night.

Right now, the divisional Commissioner and IGP Kashmir are on the spot to supervise the rescue and relief operation.

“IGP Kashmir & Divisional Commissioner Kashmir reached #Amarnath Holy Cave today early morning and are supervising the #rescue operation, ” a police spokesman said.

The yatra will continue to remain suspended till the rescue and relief operations are over.

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