Amarnath Yatra 2022 Update: The Centre on Sunday suspended the Amarnath Yatra, two days after the cloudburst near the cave shrine, from Jammu due to inclement weather condition. According to the latest order, no fresh batch will be allowed to proceed from Jammu to the base camps of the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.Also Read – Amarnath Cloudburst: Rescue Ops Underway As Many Still Trapped, Bantwal Pilgrims Safe | 10 Points
“Amarnath Yatra has been suspended from Jammu to twin base camps in Kashmir due to inclement weather. No fresh batch was allowed to move towards Amarnath” an official told PTI. Also Read – Amarnath Tragedy That Took 16 Lives Away Could Have Been Averted If….
On 30 June, the annual 43-day pilgrimage commenced from the twin base camps – Nunwan-Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Baltal in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal. Till now, over one lakh pilgrims have offered prayers at the cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice ‘shivling’. Also Read – Cop Who Retired 9 Days Ago Dies Saving Lives During Amarnath Tragedy
Amarnath Cloudburst: Rescue Ops Underway
Rescue operation was resumed at the Amarnath cave shrine on Sunday where 15 people were killed and over 40 injured in a cloudburst Friday evening. Teams of NDRF, SDRF, BSF, CRPF, Army, police and ITBP resumed rescue operation with the first light on Sunday morning. 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.
Amarnath Cloudburst | Top developments
- The IAF said four Mi-17V5 and four Cheetal helicopters were deployed for rescue and relief efforts at the Amarnath shrine. “The Cheetal helicopters flew 45 sorties, inducting five NDRF and Army personnel and 3.5 tonnes of relief material while evacuating 45 survivors from the holy cave,” an IAF spokesperson said.
- The Mi-17V5 helicopters flew 20 sorties, delivered 9.5 tonnes of relief material and evacuated 64 survivors, the official said adding the choppers brought back seven mortal remains from the area.
- According to the reports, Cheetal helicopters flew 45 sorties, carrying five NDRF and Army personnel and 3.5 tonnes of relief material while evacuating 45 survivors from the holy cave.
- The Amarnath yatra has been temporarily suspended and it may resume after 1-2 days. The pilgrims are still waiting at Baltal Base camp for it to recommence.
- Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant-Governor Manoj Sinha chaired a high-level meeting to review the ongoing rescue and relief operations at Amarnath cave, informed the officials. A two-minute silence was also observed during the meeting to pay tribute to devotees who lost their lives in the incident.