Rains Suspend Amarnath Yatra

SRINAGAR: The Shri Amarnath Yatra Board (SASB) has announced a temporary suspension of the Amarnath Yatra for weather reasons. The suspension orders have been issued for any movement from both routes – the Pahalgam and Baltal to the cave shrine, official sources said.

No pilgrim is being permitted to move towards the cave shrine since morning as rains have lashed the entire region. In fact, Srinagar also witnessed rains since Thursday morning.
Yatra will be permitted to resume only after the weather improves.

This is for the second time that the yatra has been suspended this season. Earlier, it was closed for three days after the flash flood triggered a crisis near the cave. While 17 pilgrims died, many more are still missing.

The metrological station in Srinagar has predicted light to moderate rains in the next 24 hours. It expected to weather improve as the day progresses.

So far more than 140 thousand pilgrims have visited the cave shrine and had Darshan. In order to oversee the arrangements, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha visited most of the spots and even spent a night with pilgrims.

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