At least 13 persons were killed in a cloudburst near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas Friday evening, damaging 25 tents and three community kitchens, officials said.
The cloudburst struck around 5.30 pm amid heavy rainfall, they said.
The gushing waters hit the base camp outside the shrine, damaging 25 tents and three community kitchens where the pilgrims are served food, they said.
13 persons were killed in the incident even as police, army and ITBP personnel launched a rescue operation, the officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses anguish about the #cloudburst near Amarnath cave in J&K; tweeted, “Spoke to J&K LG Manoj Sinha and took stock of the situation. Rescue and relief operations are underway. All possible assistance is being provided to the affected.”
“I have spoken with Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha pertaining to flash floods triggered by a cloudburst at Amarnath Cave. NDRF, SDRF, BSF & local admin are doing the rescue work. Our priority is to save the lives of people,” tweeted Shah.
Amarnath cloudburst: Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh confirms that he is “in constant touch with the UT administration. The SDRF and NDRF teams have promptly swung into action to provide all possible relief and assistance,” tweets Dr Jitendra Singh.