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Flash flood: 5 killed, 4 injured in landslide on Amarnath Yatra route

Amid tight security, nearly 3,500 pilgrims left for the Amarnath yatra from Jammu as part of the sixth batch yesterday

Srinagar: Five people died and four were injured after a landslide triggered by flash floods hit on the Baltal route of the Amarnath Yatra in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir tonight, police said.

 

“A landslide hit between Railpatri and Brarimarg on the Baltal route,” a police official said.

He said five people — four men and a woman — were killed, while four others were injured.

He said the identities of the deceased and the injured were yet to be ascertained and the bodies were being brought to the Baltal base hospital.

Rescue teams are at the spot and the injured are being shifted to hospital. One of them is said to be critical.

Earlier in the day, three pilgrims – including two from Andhra Pradesh – died en route to the Amarnath shrine. The total number of deaths in this year’s yatra now stands at 11.

Thota Radhnam, a 75-year-old woman from Fiwalayam in Andhra Pradesh, died of suspected in a community kitchen at Baltal base camp this morning.

Radha Krishna Sastry, 65, from Anantpora in Andhra Pradesh, also died due to at Sangam near the Amarnath shrine.

An official said the bodies of the two pilgrims have been kept at the Baltal base camp for further legal proceedings.

 

Amid tight security, nearly 3,500 pilgrims left for the Amarnath yatra from Jammu as part of the sixth batch yesterday.

So far, 36,366 pilgrims have visited the 3,888-metre-high cave shrine in south Kashmir by taking the 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and 12-km Baltal route in Ganderbal since the start of the annual 60-day pilgrimage on 28 June.

Despite heavy rains and threat of flash floods, the yatra to the shrine commenced as per scheduled on 28 June after several hours of delay. The 60-day yatra will conclude on 26 August coinciding with ‘Raksha Bandhan’.

 

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