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Amarnath Cloudburst: Death Toll Rises To 16, Search & Rescue Operation Under Process

As many as 16 people have died in the Amarnath cloud burst incident so far and a rescue operation is under process, as informed by an Indian Army official

New Delhi: As many as 16 people have died in the Amarnath cloud burst incident so far and a rescue operation is under process, as informed by an Indian Army official on Saturday. According to the reports, among the 16 deceased people, seven were female, six were male and three unidentified bodies were recovered

During the search and rescue operation near Amarnath’s holy cave, two people were found alive buried under the debris and were later taken to the hospital for necessary treatments. Almost 65 people were injured in the mishap so far. The rescue teams so far have rescued 15,000 people and around 40 more are still missing.

DGP of Jammu and Kashmir Police informed that as many as 13 Dog squads have been flown from Pattan and Sharifabad to Panjtarni, at the intersecting junction of twin Amarnath routes, to trace the missing.

The Indian Army also informed that rescue dogs are also being used in the operation.”02 Through Wall Radars and 02 X Search and Rescue Dogs move to Holy Cave for rescue operation via Helicopters from Sharifabad at 0710 hrs. Indian Army helpline number – 9149720998,” the Chinar Corps, Indian Army tweeted.

Dr A Shah, Medical Officer Ganderbal informed that 48 people who were injured were admitted to hospitals for first-aid and care, he said, the injured persons are mostly in stable condition.

Major Pankaj Kumar, Nodal Medical Officer, Northern Route on evacuation and rescue operation informed that they rescued 10 injured people out of which two of them received head injuries, 5 had fractures and around two to three cases of hypothermia.

Indian Air Force’s Mi-17 helicopters have taken off from Srinagar to join the rescue operations at the Amarnath cave site. The aircraft has been on standby since morning as they could not take off due to bad weather in Srinagar and adjoining areas, said the IAF officials.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on Saturday informed that about 15,000 people were safely shifted till now after the cloudburst incident near the holy shrine of Amarnath happened on Friday, reported by ANI.

A statement released by the ITBP said, “Most of the yatris (pilgrims) who were stranded near Holy cave area due to flash flood last evening have been shifted to Panjtarni. ITBP had expanded its Route opening and protection parties from Lower Holy cave to Panjtarni. The evacuation continued till 3.38 AM. No yatri is left on the track. About 15,000 people were safely shifted till now,” as cited in a news report by ANI.

A cloudburst incident took place at the holy cave area of Amarnath on Friday which resulted in a heavy discharge of water in the ‘Nallah’, adjoining the holy cave.

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