Amarnath Yatra : Cloudburst Near Holy Cave Claims 13 Lives ; 25 Tents , Three Community Kitchens Damaged

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At least 13 persons were killed in a cloudburst near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas on Friday evening, damaging 25 tents and three community kitchens, officials said. The cloudburst struck around 5.30 pm amid heavy rainfall, they said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his anguish

As reported by PTI, The gushing waters hit the base camp outside the shrine, damaging 25 tents and three community kitchens where the pilgrims are served food, they said.

Five persons — three women and two men — were killed in the incident even as police, army and ITBP personnel launched a rescue operation, the officials said.

Former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference Vice- president Omar Abdullah too tweeted,

PDP president and former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti too tweeted her anguish

Rescue op by NDRF, SDRF, BSF, Army, JKP & Shrine board administration in progress. Spoke to PM & HM & briefed them. They’ve assured all help. Instructions issued to provide all necessary assistance to pilgrims. I’m closely monitoring situation J&K LG Manoj Sinha was quoted as saying by ANI

Cloudburst reported at around 5:30pm. High momentum water flow affected many tents. Our crew is engaged in rescue work. 2 out of our 3 teams engaged. J&K Police, Indian Army & ITBP also engaged. Initial momentum decreasing, we’ll be prepared for every situation, NDRF DG A Karwal told ANI

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