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Amarnath yatra suspended following heavy rainfall, landslides

India TV News Desk Jammu 30 Jun 2017, 9:02:44 IST
India TV News Desk

Amarnath yatra was suspended today from both Pahalgam as well as Baltal routes due to heavy rainfall and landslides.

The rainfall has also rendered the tracks slippery at many places.

The yatra has been suspended a day after it was flagged off by the Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Nirmal Singh.

 “The yatra has been suspended temporarily in view of the rains that lashed the twin routes early in the morning, “an official of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said.

 “The pilgrims headed for base camps at Baltal and Nunwan are requested to check the status of the yatra with the control room or helpline set up by the SASB before starting off, “the official said. 

Braving inclement weather, over 6,000 pilgrims on Thursday paid obeisance at Amarnath amid tight security.

The annual Yatra began on Thursday despite inclement weather as Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra attended a prayer inside the Himalayan cave shrine marking the formal start of the pilgrimage.

Over 6,000 pilgrims were allowed to move towards the shrine from north Kashmir's Baltal base camp while 5,000 pilgrims proceeded from the traditional south Kashmir Pahalgam route.


(With agency inputs)