Amarnath cloudburst

Kashmir, July 09: At least 16 people were killed and more than 40 are missing after a cloudburst near the Amarnath cave in Jammu and Kashmir.

Rescue and relief operations led by the Indian Army are underway after a sudden wave of water from above and sides of the holy shrine washed away langars and tents on Friday. Army helicopters have been pressed into service to shift the injured to the hospital.

After the destructive cloudburst near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir, the Amarnath yatra was suspended on Friday evening. According to the report, most of the pilgrims who were stranded near the holy cave area have been shifted to Panjtarni.

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The Indo-Tibetian Border Police (ITBP) has also expanded its route opening and protection parties from the lower holy cave. The report suggests no pilgrim is left on the track and over 15,000 people are safely shifted.

According to ITBP, water came from above the cave after heavy rains in the upper reaches.