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Cloudburst near Amarnath cave: Boulders, water comes gushing near Hindu shrine

Last Updated on July 28, 2021 at 9:44 pm

A major cloudburst has been reported near the holy Hindu Amarnath cave shrine in Kashmir.

As the Amarnath Yatra was suspended, no loss of life was reported due to cloudburst near the cave.

This was the third cloudburst reported today after Kishtwar in J&K and Manali in Himachal Pradesh.

Watch the cloudburst video here:

Sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Kangan, Syed Yasir said, “In view of incessant rains and reported cloudburst at holy cave Amarnath, general public in areas are requested to stay away from river Sindh as there may be sudden increase in flow of water.”

An official spokesperson of government said “Today afternoon, due to cloudburst in higher reaches, there were gusts of water near the Holy Cave area of Shri Amarnathji Shrine and the nallah adjoining the Holy Cave started flowing heavily”.

The joint team of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, Police and Army acting swiftly, evacuated all the staff present close to the Nallah. No loss of human lives or property is reported.

“As per the latest report, the Holy Cave shrine is safe. Home Minister Amit Shah also spoke to Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha who briefed him about the present situation and efforts made by the joint team of officials, Police and Army” the spokesperson said.

“The situation is under control and the flow of water in the nallah is normal. A team of SDRF is camping at Baltal and on stand-by to meet future challenges. An NDRF team is also on stand-by in Srinagar to tackle natural calamities due to incessant rain in the region. The SASB and the administration are closely monitoring the situation,” Lt Governor said.