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Amarnath yatra suspended as rains lash Kashmir

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Amarnath pilgrims move towards checkpoint for final document check in Chandanwari. [FPK File Photo/Masroor Ashraf]

Srinagar: Amarnath Yatra was suspended on both routes on Thursday due to bad weather as rains lashed the Kashmir Valley, officials said.

The yatra was temporarily suspended from Pahalgam as well as Baltal routes in the morning and no pilgrim was allowed to move towards the holy cave shrine, they said.

The officials said the yatra will resume after the weather improves, PTI reported.

Earlier, the yatra was stopped for three days following a cloudburst on July 8 which left 16 people dead and over 30 missing. It resumed via the Pahalgam route on Monday and through the Baltal route on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the weatherman has forecast more intermittent light to moderate rain and thunderstorm in Jammu and Kashmir for the next 24 hours.

“Intermittent light to moderate rain at many places of Kashmir and few places of Jammu as the day progresses,” said a meteorological department official about the forecast for the next 24 hours.


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