Amarnath Cloudburst: 15,000 Pilgrims Rescued, 40 Still Missing

Rescued pilgrims who made it to Sonamarg’s Baltal base camp from the cloudburst-damaged Amarnath sacred cave described their terrifying ordeals.

A pilgrim from Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh named Deepak Chouhan told the news agency ANI, “There was a scenario like a stampede, but Army helped a lot. The flood caused many pandals to be swept away.”

Sumit, a different pilgrim from Maharashtra, stated: “The cloudburst caused torrents that brought a lot of stones with them. The cloudburst spot was two kilometers distant from us.”

Another traveller remarked: “We were shocked when the cloudburst occurred. We eventually saw nothing but water.

By Bholenath’s grace, the seven or eight of us who made up our group were all preserved.

However, it was terrifying for all of us to see people and luggage being carried away by the water.”

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“After the cloudburst, eight casualties were recorded within ten minutes. Numerous stones were transported by the river. Aproximately 15,000 people made the journey as pilgrims. Even though it was raining heavily, the pilgrims kept coming “Added he.

Early this morning, the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) launched rescue efforts.

According to Dr A Shah, Chief Medical Officer Ganderbal, Jammu and Kashmir, a cloudburst that hit the region close to the revered Amarnath temple on Friday caused 13 fatalities and more than 48 injuries.

Currently, the medical personnel assigned to these stations are caring for all the wounded patients in the three base hospitals: Upper Holy Cave, Lower Holy Cave, Panjtarni, and other close-by facilities on approach to the holy cave.

The cloudburst happened near the lower holy cave (Amarnath), according to authorities of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), at around 5:30 pm, and rescue teams flocked to the area.