Amarnath tragedy: 41 missing pilgrims not yet known, will the yatra begin today?
Amarnath tragedy: 41 missing pilgrims not yet known, will the yatra begin today?

Srinagar: After Pahalgam, the Amarnath yatra is also likely to start today via Baltal. On July 8, there was flooding near the holy cave after a cloudburst. So far, 17 people have lost their lives, while 41 people are still untraceable. The rescue team has been carrying out search operations in the area for three days.

Let us know that the Amarnath Yatra was stopped after the devastation on Friday (July 8). Now the route to Pahalgam has been opened for the pilgrims. Baba's devotees reach the Amarnath cave through Pahalgam and Baltal. At present, Baltal has been closed as a precautionary measure. The holy Amarnath cave is located at an altitude of 3,880 meters in south Kashmir. Let us know that, the Amarnath Shrine Board manages the annual Amarnath Yatra. Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha is its chairman. Meanwhile, the Raj Bhavan has clarified the allegations of setting up pilgrim camps at a risky site.

According to media reports, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said the sudden floods that had come earlier were taken into account while planning,  but Friday's "inundation" was more than the estimate and had never been seen before. The spokesman said that the tents were not installed on the river bed and in fact, they were taken away from the embankment that was constructed this year for the safety of the people. The clarification comes at a time when there are allegations that the board ignored the July 28 cloudburst incident last year while installing langars and tents on the dry bottom of the river outside the cave.

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