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Jammu Kashmir: Cloudburst near Amarnath Shrine, 5 dead, many missing

IndiaJammu Kashmir: Cloudburst near Amarnath Shrine, 5 dead, many missing

A cloudburst took place near the Amarnath cave shrine on Friday; five people have been killed, many missing, and tents swept away.

A cloudburst took place near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath on Friday and five people have been feared killed.  Many tents also washed away due to the heavy flow of water.   Rescue crews rushed to the spot.

Earlier, due to bad weather along both Baltal and Pahalgam routes, there was no movement of pilgrims was allowed from either side towards the cave shrine and the pilgrims were not allowed to move towards the Valley from Jammu.

The annual 43-day Amarnath yatra started from the twin base camps — Nunwan-Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and 14-km shorter Baltal in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal — on June 30.

So far, over one lakh pilgrims have offered prayers at the holy cave shrine.

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