Vaishno Devi yatra remains suspended on second consecutive day due to forest fire

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Srinagar

The annual pilgrimage to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine remained suspended for a second consecutive day on Thursday following a forest fire, police said.

Vaishno Devi Shrine Katra

Around 25,000 pilgrims are currently stranded at the Katra base camp for clearance to start the uphill trek to the shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district. However, helicopter services have resumed, said a report by newsgatherer IANS.

“A huge forest fire broke out yesterday (Wednesday) in the Trikuta Hills,” a police official said.

The fire department has deployed helicopters to douse the flames. Trenches were also dug to prevent the fire from spreading out, mentioned the report.

“The blaze has been contained to a large extent. For the safety of the pilgrims, the passage to the shrine will only be permitted after the blaze is completely put out,” the official added.

Over two crore pilgrims visit the shrine every year, reported IANS.

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