At least 10 people were reported dead and nearly 40 feared trapped or missing after cloudburst led to flash floods in the lower reaches of Amarnath cave on Friday. 10 casualties have been reported and three people were rescued, said NDRF Director General Atul Karwal.
According to Pahalgam police, a cloudburst was reported at around 5.30 pm and rescue operations by NDRF, SDRF and other associated agencies were underway.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that he is “in constant touch with the UT administration. The SDRF and NDRF teams have promptly swung into action to provide all possible relief and assistance.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at the incident as he also assured of all possible aid to those affected. “Anguished by the cloud burst near Shree Amarnath cave. Condolences to the bereaved families. Spoke to @manojsinha_ Ji and took stock of the situation. Rescue and relief operations are underway. All possible assistance is being provided to the affected,” he said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah directed central forces and Jammu and Kashmir administration to ensure swift operations to rescue people affected in the cloudburst near the base camp of Amarnath holy cave.
Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir, said some langars and tents have come under cloudburst and flash floods near the holy cave.