Amarnath tragedy :16 killed and 40 missing

Jul 10, 2022 07:00 am

At least 16 people have been killed and 40 are missing after a cloudburst took place at 5:30 pm near the Amarnath cave in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The cloudburst resulted in heavy waves from the top and side of the caves.

Cloudburst triggered flash flood near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir sweeping away pilgrims, killing 16 and leaving at least 40 others injured. Rescue and relief operations led by the Indian Army are underway and search for the missing is on.

An official on the ground said about 30-35 people are missing while five have been rescued. Gushing waters rolling down the mountainside due to the incessant rain damaged 25 tents and three community kitchens where pilgrims are served food, officials said.

Around 15,000 pilgrims have been shifted to safer locations while the injured will be moved to base camp, said officials.

The Indian Army and teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are leading rescue and relief operations, with assistance from personnel from various paramilitary forces. The Jammu and Kashmir administration has also pressed Advanced Light Helicopters into service for rescue operations.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey said security forces are working tirelessly to ensure each and every missing person is accounted for. Six pilgrims were evacuated in an air rescue operation, while mountain rescue teams and lookout patrols are in the process of searching for the missing, the Indian Army’s Chinar Corps said.