Five killed in landslide on Amarnath Yatra route, three injured


Railpatri: At least five people were killed and three suffered injuries after a landslide triggered by flash floods on the Baltal route of the Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday night, the police said.

“A landslide hit between Railpatri and Brarimarg on the Baltal route,” a police official said.

The incident took place between Brarimarg and Railpathri, nearly 7 km from the cave shrine. Two of the deceased pilgrims were identified as 35-year-old Jyoti Sharma from New Delhi and 55-year-old Ashok Mahtu, a resident of Patna.

Rescue teams are at the spot and the injured are being shifted to hospital. One of them is said to be critical.

Earlier in the day, three pilgrims – including two from Andhra Pradesh – died en route to the Amarnath shrine. With these, 11 pilgrims have died during this year’s yatra.

Amid tight security, nearly 3,500 pilgrims left for the Amarnath yatra from Jammu as part of the sixth batch today.

So far, 36,366 pilgrims have visited the 3,888-metre-high cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas by taking the 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and 12-km Baltal route in Ganderbal since the start of the annual 60-day pilgrimage on June 28.

Despite heavy rains and threat of flash floods, the yatra to the shrine commenced as per scheduled on June 28 after several hours of delay.

The 60-day yatra will conclude on August 26 coinciding with ‘Raksha Bandhan’.

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