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Amarnath cloudburst tragedy: Rescue operations almost over, says LG Sinha

Last Updated on July 14, 2022 at 6:29 pm

Manoj Sinha, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, declared on Thursday that the rescue efforts in response to an accident caused by monsoon rains close to the Amarnath cave are almost over. He said that pilgrims had been “insured with 5 lakh rupees” and that the temple board would give an extra 5 lakh to the families of those who had lost their family members in the unfortunate accident.

The India Meteorological Department later suggested the cloudburst may have been a very localised rain event, which caused pandemonium and flash floods last week close to the revered Amarnath cave. At least 16 individuals could not survive the tragedy. The military, emergency response teams, and police became engaged in the subsequent enormous rescue operations.

The authorities ultimately facilitated the evacuation of almost 15,000 individuals. Later, IMD director Mrutyunjay Mohapatra stated that rains in the upper altitudes of the mountains close to the cave may have caused the flash floods.

Narendra Modi, the prime minister, wrote shortly after the incident that he is anguished from the cloud explosion close to Shree Amarnath cave. He sent his condolences to the families of the deceased. He spoke with LG Manoj Sinha and assessed the scenario. He promised to ensure that rescue and relief efforts are under progress and the impacted are getting all the help they can get.

This year, the 43-day pilgrimage to the 3,880-meter-high Amarnath cave sanctuary was undertaken after a postponement of two years due to security issues and then Covid.