Amarnath Yatra Stands Suspended Temporarily Due To Incessant Rainfall

by Vinita Jain
Amarnath Yatra Stands Suspended Temporarily Due To Incessant Rainfall

The sacred pilgrimage for the Hindu Community is the Amarnath Yatra in the Kashmir Valley. This year it started on June 30th and was supposed to end on August 11th. But, Amarnath Yatra was temporarily suspended on Thursday morning (July 14th) due to bad weather. Pilgrims could not move from the Pahalgam and Baltal Camps to the holy cave. Officials have claimed that the authorities have suspended the yatra due to heavy rains, it can resume only if the weather improves.

Earlier on Friday after a downpour, Yatra was suspended. The heavy rainfall led to a huge loss as 16 people lost their lives and at least three dozen were missing after heavy rains that caused flash floods near the Amarnath Cave Shrine. Although, the yatra partially resumed on July 11.

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Amarnath Yatra Again In Danger

Due to bad weather, Amarnath Yatra is temporarily suspended from Nunwan Pahalgam Base Camp as heavy rains struck the Kashmir Valley. However, Yatra from the Dumer side is active, leaving 5,892 pilgrims to visit the sacred cave.  Officials of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said 1,44,457 people have done the yatra. 16,457 yatris had darshan on Wednesday. Another group of 5,449 pilgrims left Jammu’s Bhagwati Nagar base camp and boarded two convoys to Yatra.

Those who use the short Baltal route need to trek 14km to reach the cave shrine, and those who use the long traditional Pahalgam route need to trek 48km for 4 days to reach the cave shrine.

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The government assured 5 lacs to the victims of Amarnath Cloudburst

Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha visited the base camp on Sunday and told ANI that the rescue operation has almost ended.

“All passengers have insured with Rs 5 lakh already but we`ve decided that the families of those who died in the Amarnath cloudburst will get an additional Rs 5 lakh from the shrine board”, he was quoted by the agency.

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