Amarnath Yatra suspended due to heavy rains

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Jun 2018 09:48:17




PILGRIMAGE to holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas had to be suspended on Friday from both Pahalgam and Baltal routes due to incessant rainfall in the Valley. The Yatra was suspended after nearly 1,300 pilgrims paid obeisance to the cave shrine, an official of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) said. He said that 1,263 pilgrims had set off from the Nunwan base camp in the morning but were asked to halt at Sheshnag till the weather improved. The total number of pilgrims who have performed darshan of the naturally formed ice-lingam has now gone up to 2,294. Earlier in the day, the Yatra was suspended from Baltal route due to multiple slides en- route caused by heavy rainfall in the Valley over the past two days.

A police official said the Kali Mata track was damaged due to slides at multiple places, which forced suspension of the Yatra from Baltal route. The restoration work is going on but a slight drizzle is hampering the efforts, the official said. A BSF official, posted on Yatra duty, died after complaining of chest pain last night at Betaab Valley in Pahalgam area. The annual Yatra to the 3,880 metre high cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas began yesterday and will conclude on August 26 to coincide with Raksha Bandhan.

River Jhelum flows above critical mark, flood alert sounded:

AUTHORITIES on Friday sounded a flood alert as Jhelum river flowed above the critical 21 feet mark at Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district due to heavy rains over the past two days. “Due to continuous rains from the past two days, the guage at Sangam has crossed the flood declaration of 21 feet and was flowing at 21.33 feet at 6 pm,” an official of the Irrigation and Flood Control department said. The water level in Jhelum at Ram Munshi Bagh in the city was 13.34 feet at 6 pm, over 4.5 feet below the flood declaration level. He said the people living in areas along the embankments of River Jhelum, other streams and in low lying areas were advised to remain vigilant. “The staff deputed on flood duty in south Kashmir is directed to report to their sectors and beats,” the official added.

Kashmir Valley experienced rainfall over the past couple of days while the downpour intensified in many parts, including the summer capital of the state, today.An official of the MET office said south Kashmir’s Kokernag, in Anantnag district, received the highest rainfall of 63.4 mm till 8:30 am this morning, while the neighbouring Qazigund received 58.6 mm of rainfall. Srinagar – the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir – recorded 12.6 mm rainfall till 8:30 am but the intensity increased after that, the official said. He said Pahalgam – one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra– received 27.8 mm of rains.