Injured being rushed to hospitals by rescue teams that reached the spot
The Hush Post: A landslide triggered by flash floods caused the death of five and injuries to four of the pilgrims to the Amarnath Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. The landslide was reported from near Brarimarg that falls on the Baltal the Amarnath pilgrimage route, a report said on Wednesday.
“A landslide hit between Railpatri and Brarimarg on the Baltal route,” an official was quoted in the report.
The injured are being rushed to the hospital by the rescue teams that have reached the spot. The condition of one of the injured persons is stated to be critical, it was reported.
Before the landslide, three Amaranth pilgrims, two of them from Andhra Pradesh, died on the way to the Amarnath Shrine. With this, the total number of casualties in this year’s pilgrimage has risen to 11, the report said.
A 75-year-old woman, Thota Radhnam, a native of Fiwalayam in Andhra Pradesh, died of suspected cardiac arrest in a community kitchen at Baltal base camp on Wednesday morning.
Another pilgrim, a 65-year-old man Radha Krishna Sastry, a resident of Anantpora in Andhra Pradesh, also died due to cardiac arrest at Sangam near the Amarnath shrine, the report said.
The bodies of the two pilgrims have been kept at the Baltal base camp hospital for further legal proceedings, it was reported.
Before that, a Uttarakhand man Pushkar Joshi, who got injured due to a shooting stone between Brarimarg and Railpathri on Monday, had died in a hospital in Srinagar on early Tuesday, the report said.
About 3,500 pilgrims left for the Amarnath Shrine from Jammu amid tight security, as the sixth batch started the pilgrimage on Wednesday.
Till now this year, as many as 36,366 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the 3,888-metre-high Amarnath Shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas by taking the 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and 12-km Baltal route in Ganderbal since the start of the annual 60-day pilgrimage that started on June 28, the report said.
Despite heavy rains and threat of flash floods, the pilgrimage started according to the schedule on June 28 after several hours of delay. The pilgrimage will conclude on August 26, it was reported.