- Landslide has occurred after heavy rain on the Yatra route
- Amarnath Yatra from both Pahalgam and Baltal routes has been temporarily suspended
- So far more than 23 lakh people have visited
Amarnath Yatra 2022: Since the beginning of the Amarnath Yatra, the period of rain has been intermittent. After the initial natural calamity, this has happened many times due to rain, the Amarnath Yatra had to be stopped. In this episode, once again the Amarnath Yatra has to be stopped once again due to the incessant rains and landslides. The landslide occurred after heavy rain on the Yatra route. After this this step was taken. The Amarnath Yatra has been temporarily suspended from both Pahalgam and Baltal routes as a precautionary measure following incessant heavy rains. Landslides have occurred at two places in Banihal area of Ramban. After this the Jammu-Srinagar Highway has been closed. Due to the falling of stones from the mountains, the batch of Amarnath pilgrims from Jammu has been stopped as a precautionary measure at Chadrankot in Ramban. Relief and rescue teams have been deployed to clear the way.
Regarding Amarnath Yatra, Jammu and Kashmir Traffic Police says that due to falling of stones from the mountains, the traffic on NH.44 in Mehad of Ramban was stopped. The police say that the devotees should not proceed till the permission is obtained. Earlier on Tuesday, there was heavy rain on the mountains around the holy cave of Amarnath. The condition was that there was a flood situation. In many areas, the water started coming down from the mountains at a high speed. Then the administration hurriedly alerted the passengers and took them out. From there, people were taken to Panjtarni camp. According to officials, there was no loss of life or property during this period. It is said that about 4 thousand passengers have been evacuated from there. When the water suddenly started rising due to heavy rains, the memories of 8th July were refreshed.
Meanwhile, amidst tight security, another batch of only 1,147 pilgrims left for the darshan of Baba Barfani at the holy Amarnath cave at an altitude of 3,880 meters in south Kashmir on Wednesday morning. Officials said that a batch of 3,862 pilgrims had left on Monday and 2,189 on Tuesday to visit the holy cave. The 26th batch of pilgrims in 47 vehicles left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas on Wednesday morning amid tight security of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), officials said. He said that 476 pilgrims going to Baltal base camp were the first to leave in 18 vehicles.
So far more than 23 lakh people have visited
After this, a second convoy of 29 vehicles carrying 671 pilgrims left for the Pahalgam camp in Kashmir. Officials said there has been a sharp drop in the number of pilgrims in the last three days due to inclement weather. Officials said that so far more than 2.3 lakh pilgrims have visited the Shivalinga made of ice in the holy cave.
Yatra will end on August 11
The 43-day annual pilgrimage to see Baba Barfani began on June 30 via the traditional 48-km-long Nunwan route in Pahalgam in south Kashmir and the 14-km-long Baltal route in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal. So far 36 people have died due to various reasons during the journey. Apart from these, 15 pilgrims lost their lives in flash floods near the cave temple on July 8. The Amarnath Yatra will end on August 11 on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Recently, the yatra was stopped due to cloudburst near the Amarnath cave. After which the yatra resumed on July 11 from the Nunwan base camp in Pahalgam. At least 16 people were killed in Baltal floods after a cloudburst near the cave.
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