Amarnath Cloudburst: 17 declared dead 44 injured, over three dozen still missing

PAHALGAM,  While at
least 17 people have died and 44
injured with over three dozen pilgrims
still untraceable in the flash flood triggered
by a cloudburst in Jammu and
Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, the
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha
today visited Nunwan, Pahalgam to
take stock of the situation. He interacted
with Yatris staying at the base
camp reviewing the arrangements at
healthcare facilities and langars.
Interacting with the Pilgrims at the
camp, the Lt Governor observed that
providing better facilities to Pilgrims
is government’s top priority. He said
that dedicated measures are being
taken to ensure the safety and wellbeing
of the pilgrims.
The Lt Governor will be camping
overnight at Nunwan to oversee the
rescue and relief operations and
efforts being made to resume the Yatra
as soon as possible.
The Lt Governor lauded the commendable
efforts and swift action of
the Army, CAPFs, NDRF and civil
administration during the rescue and
relief operation for saving the precious
Earlier, during the meeting with the
officials at the Nunwan Base camp,
the Lt Governor was briefed about the
rescue and relief operations, debris
clearance, deployment of machinery
and manpower, camp wise breakdown
of the pilgrims, besides the arrangements
and efforts put in to facilitate
the Yatris.It is pertinent to mention here that the pilgrimage had to be
suspended after the natural calamity followed by
inclement weather conditions. At least 15,000 pilgrims
have been shifted to the lower base camp, while more than
40 people are still missing, officials have said.
The Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police,
or ITBP, continued the rescue operation throughout last
night as they looked for missing persons in the cloudburstaffected
area at the lower Amarnath Cave site. The
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has sent three
teams comprising about 75 rescuers, an official said.
The annual 43-day pilgrimage commenced from the
twin base camps – Nunwan-Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s
Anantnag and Baltal in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal – on
June 30.
The yatra is scheduled to end on August 11 on the occasion
of Raksha Bandhan.
Meanwhile Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lt
Governor; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner
Kashmir; Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Secretary to the
Government, Tribal Affairs Department; Vijay Kumar,
ADGP Kashmir; Dr. Piyush Singla, Deputy Commissioner
Anantnag, and other senior officers of Police, SASB and
UT administration accompanied the Lt Governor during
his visit to Nunwan, Pahalgam today.