Yesterday, a cloud burst occurred in the Amarnath region which caused the massacre. As per the official reports, there are 15 deaths due to this cloud burst. Moreover, over 40 people are injured as well. Thereby, due to this reason, there has been temporary cancellation of the Amarnath Yatra.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Ganderbal district, Afroza Shah has told reporters that 15 people have died and over 40 injured in Friday’s flash flood triggered by the cloudburst. She said five people were rescued alive from the debris of the flash flood.
The operation to ascertain the exact number of casualties, injuries and missing persons is still going on. Reports from the disaster site said 25 to 30 tents of the pilgrims and five ‘Langars’ (Community Kitchens) were washed away in the high-speed muddy slush triggered by the cloudburst that occurred around 5.30 p.m. Friday.
Army has pressed helicopters into service to assist the civil administration in relief and rescue operations. What is a massive scare is that the Met department has forecast that another cloud is moving towards the Baltal-Holy cave route which is likely to cause light to moderate rainfall.
Story By- Saayak Karmakar, Resident Editor, Interview Times
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