Jammu & Kashmir

Rains trigger flash floods near Amarnath cave

A group of pilgrims who lost contact with few of their members after cloud burst triggered flash floods hit makeshift tents near Amarnath cave on July 8, 2022. Fifteen deaths were reported and over 40 are missing. [FPK Photo/ Vikar Syed]

Srinagar: Heavy rains near Amarnath cave triggered flash floods on Tuesday and armed forces evacuated 4,000 Yatris to safety, officials said.

Quoting police sources, news agency IANS reported that heavy rains occurred in Amarnath near the cave this afternoon.

Earlier on July 8, at least 15 pilgrims were killed while over 40 others are missing after flash floods triggered by a cloudburst hit the Amarnath cave.

The cloud burst occurred at around 5:30 pm and triggered flash floods en route to the cave. More than two dozen tents and three langers were washed away by the floods. Some other tents were also affected due to the gushing waters, officials had said.

While a few persons were rescued, 40-50 people are said to be still missing, sources said. “So far, 15 bodies have been found and at least 5 of them are females” a senior NDRF official had said.

Soon after the calamity struck, members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) along with teams of police, army, ITBP, BSF, and other forces launched a massive rescue operation.


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