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Landslides in Jammu and Kashmir suspend Amarnath Yatra

The landslides were triggered by incessant rains in Ramban district, a senior official of the traffic department told IANS

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  • The strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed on Thursday due to landslides, resulting in the suspension of Amarnath Yatra
  • The over 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar highway is the lifeline of supplies for the landlocked Kashmir Valley and the only surface link for the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims to reach the valley
  • Incessant rains in Jammu has swollen most rivers in the region

The strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed on Thursday due to landslides, resulting in the suspension of Amarnath Yatra.

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The landslides were triggered by incessant rains in Ramban district, a senior official of the traffic department told IANS here, adding that the yatra has been suspended till the highway is restored for traffic.

Landslides suspended Amarnath yatra. Image Source: www.udayavani.com
Landslides suspended Amarnath yatra. Image Source: www.udayavani.com

The over 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar highway is the lifeline of supplies for the landlocked Kashmir Valley and the only surface link for the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims to reach the valley.

Incessant rains in Jammu has swollen most rivers in the region.

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Three persons including two children in Janipur area of Jammu city and a woman in Rajouri district were killed by flash floods on Wednesday. (IANS)

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Pilgrims Break 4 Year Record of Amarnath Yatra

Officials said since July 1 when the pilgrimage started, a total of 2,05,083 pilgrims have paid obeisance to the ice stalagmite structure

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This yatra will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival. Wikimedia Commons

With over two lakh pilgrims performing the Amarnath Yatra in the past 16 days, officials said it was the highest number to visit the Himalayan cave shrine during the first forthright in the last four years.

On Wednesday, another batch of 4,584 devotees left Jammu for the valley. Officials said since July 1 when the pilgrimage started, a total of 2,05,083 pilgrims have paid obeisance to the ice stalagmite structure said to have the mythical powers of Lord Shiva.

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On Wednesday, 1,972 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas for Baltal while 2,612 for Pahalgam base camp. Wikimedia Commons

“This is the highest number of pilgrims to visit the Cave shrine during the first forthright in the last four years,” an Amarnath Yatra official said. On Wednesday, 1,972 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas for Baltal while 2,612 for Pahalgam base camp.

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So far, 16 pilgrims have died during the Yatra due to natural causes, according to the officials of the SASB. Situated 3,888 metres above the sea-level in Kashmir Himalayas, the ice structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon. This yatra will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival. (IANS)