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Cloudburst near Amarnath Cave kills 15 pilgrims, over 40 missing – News8Plus Headline

Srinagar. No less than 15 pilgrims had been killed and over 40 are reported lacking after a cloudburst close to the Amarnath collapse Jammu and Kashmir on Friday night. Nonetheless, the police have thus far confirmed solely 13 deaths within the incident.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in regards to the incident and rescue operations. An official spokesperson stated the Heart is extending all potential assist. He stated that the Lieutenant Governor is monitoring the state of affairs very intently.

Officers stated the cloud burst at a web site very near the Amarnath cave and hit the pilgrims’ tent lodging and neighborhood kitchen. A number of tents had been washed away within the flash floods triggered by a cloudburst, during which no less than 15 passengers have died thus far and lots of are nonetheless lacking, he stated. The search operation is on. He stated the loss of life toll was prone to rise as many individuals had been nonetheless lacking.

The Inspector General of Police stated that the search is on for the opposite lacking pilgrims in addition to rescue and reduction operations are nonetheless on. He stated that the pilgrims injured within the accident had been airlifted to totally different hospitals for remedy.

Rescue groups of police, safety forces and NDRF have launched an enormous rescue operation. Military helicopters have additionally been pressed into service. Military sniffer canine have additionally been deployed to hint the lacking pilgrims.

A number of political leaders of the Kashmir Valley have additionally expressed grief over the incident and prayed for the security of the Amarnath pilgrims. A senior NDRF official stated rescue groups are clearing 10-15 tents broken by the floods one after the other to hint the lacking. He stated that the stream on the left aspect of the cave has fully disappeared as a result of sudden floods.

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