Cloudburst Near Amarnath Shrine, Rescue Operation Underway | Updates

New Delhi: An incident of cloud burst has been reported on Friday near the Amarnath shrine in Jammu and Kashmir. 13 deaths reported so far and 48 injured.

According to reports, the cloudburst happened around 5:30pm in the evening. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police have confirmed that rescue operations are being carried out by the NDRF, SDRF, and other agencies.

The pilgrimage is suspended till the situation returns to normal, informed the officials.

“Situation is under control, rains are still going on. Looking at the hazard level, the Amarnath Yatra has been halted temporarily due to the area being inundated. If the weather remains normal and makeshift arrangements are made, then the yatra can be resumed tomorrow,” said ITBP spokesperson PRO Vivek Kumar Pandey.

“This is an unfortunate incident. Our focus is to rescue the pilgrims and take them to safe places. NDRF helpline numbers are active. Rescue work is underway. Army helicopters are also in action. Search operation is on.” Said Nitishwar Kumar, CEO Amarnath Shrine Board.

In addition to the rescue, Indian Army launches six rescue teams including Army helicopters for aid of Yatris. A total of 10 Army rescue teams with Army Dogs continue rescue operations.

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