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Amarnath yatra resumes two days after cloudburst tragedy

Last Updated on July 11, 2022 at 5:16 pm

The Amarnath Yatra was restarted on Monday morning after being temporarily suspended for two days owing to the cloudburst disaster, which resulted in the deaths of 16 people. Thousands of pilgrims continued to their journey to the sacred site.

Officials stated that 2,000 to 3,000 pilgrims were permitted to travel from the Pahalgam base camp to Chandanwari. They said that a new group of yatris (pilgrims) have been given permission to travel from Pahalgam’s Nunwan Base Camp to the sacred cave. After a cloudburst occurrence close to the Amarnath sacred cave, the Yatra was suspended for the last two days.

Amarnath yatra started on June 30 after a hiatus of two years. The Baltal road and the Pahalgam route are used for the yearly pilgrimage. On Monday morning, the Amarnath Yatra commenced from the Yatri Niwas base camp in Jammu. Another officer said that 1,016 pilgrims departed for Baltal base camp at 3.30 am and 3,010 pilgrims left for Pahalgam base camp at 4.30 am.

An enormous calamity occurred on Friday night when a cloudburst near the Amarnath shrine caused flash floods. Armed troops, emergency response teams, and the Jammu and Kashmir Police immediately began extensive rescue efforts that lasted all night. Thousands of individuals were rescued by the forces.