A cloudburst took place at the Amarnath cave on Wednesday. No loss of life or injuries has been reported in the incident.
There were no Yatris were present at the cave. This was the third cloudburst reported today after Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir and Manali in Himachal Pradesh. According to reports, two State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams are at the site to tackle the situation.
However, at least 30 people were reported missing after a cloudburst in a remote village in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir early Wednesday.
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"During the intervening night, an incident of cloudburst took place in the Honzar Dachhan area, in which 19 residential houses were completely damaged, whereas two houses were partially damaged. Twenty-one cowsheds also got damaged," read a statement by J&K Police dated July 28.
In June, the Amarnath Yatra was cancelled for the second year in a row, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was slated to take place from June 28 to August 22. However, the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board had announced that all rituals at the holy cave would be performed as per tradition.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to take stock of the situation arising due to the cloudburst.
Shah also discussed the situation with Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh.
"I have spoken to L-G of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha and got information about the cloudburst near the holy cave of Baba Amarnath. NDRF teams are being sent there for relief operations and an accurate assessment of the situation," Shah tweeted in Hindi.
Earlier in the day, Shah said he had spoken to the lieutenant governor and the DGP about the cloudburst in Kishtwar.
"I have spoken to the L-G and DGP of Jammu and Kashmir regarding the cloudburst in Kishtwar (J&K). SDRF, Army and local administration are engaged in rescue work, and NDRF is also reaching there. Our priority is to save as many lives as possible. I express my condolences to the bereaved families," he said in a tweet in Hindi.