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Army deploys rescue teams for Amarnath Yatra

IANS  New Delhi, July 14, 2013
First Published: 13:59 IST(14/7/2013) | Last Updated: 14:02 IST(14/7/2013)

Learning a lesson from the devastation caused by flash floods in Uttarakhand, the Indian Army has formed special rescue teams to tackle any natural calamity for the devotees taking the Amarnath pilgrimage in Jammu and Kashmir.

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During the annual Amarnath Yatra, the devotees would trek along the arduous hilly terrain to worship at the cave shrine that houses the ice stalagmite, believed to be the symbol of Lord Shiva.

The third Rashtriya rifles of the Indian Army deployed in the hills of Pahalgam have formed these teams and have been trained in rescue operations during landslides, avalanches or crossing a swelling river.

"For avalanche security as well as landslides we have trained our at least ten teams, so that they can be equally deployed on both the routes. They are well geared up, well trained, practised and rehearsed," said a senior army official, RR Nimbhorkar.

Meanwhile, the state administration has made all arrangements to ensure fool-proof security of the pilgrims.

This annual pilgrimage commences in the last week of June every year and concludes in early August as per Indian Hindu almanac.

The Amarnath cave is located atop a snow-capped mountainous peak in the Himalayas.


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