At least 16 people have been killed and 40 are missing after a cloudburst took place near the Amarnath cave in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
“16 confirmed deaths, about 40 still seem to be missing. No landslide, but rain continues, though no problem in rescue work. 4 NDRF teams with over 100 rescuers in rescue work. Besides, Indian Army, SDRF, CRPF and others continue to rescue”,NDRF DG Atul Karwal.
According to ITBP official that most of the yatris who were stranded near Holy cave area due to flash flood last evening have been shifted to Panjtarni. The evacuation continued till 3.38 AM. No yatri is left on the track. About 15,000 people were safely shifted.
IAF officials said that Indian Air Force has deployed 2 each ALH Dhruv and Mi-17 V5 helicopters from Srinagar for the rescue ops in Amarnath cave site. One AN-32 and Ilyushin-76 transport aircraft on stand by in Chandigarh for further requirements.
In Jammu and Kashmir, a cloud burst occurred last evening near holy Amarnathji shrine inundating the cave. Water came from above and sides of the cave after heavy rains at the upper reaches. The rains are still continuing since last evening.