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Amarnath: 2 pilgrims die; Yatra stopped at Baltal

india Updated: Jul 10, 2013 20:13 IST

While inclement weather forced the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board to suspend the movement of pilgrims from Baltal route, two more pilgrims died on Wednesday taking the toll to five.

According to the shrine board spokesman, due to incessant rain, the movement of yatris from the Baltal route was suspended for the day after 7.40 am.

The shrine board has directed the camp director, Domel, to finally suspend the movement of pilgrims towards the holy cave for the day around 10.00 am.

"Weather was not showing any sign of improvement and incessant rains had created slippery condition at various places enroute Yatra from Baltal side," said the spokesman.

However, 3,124 pilgrims had crossed the access control gate at Domel by 7:40 to trek for 14 km to reach the cave from north-east Sonamarg area, 110 km away from Srinagar.

The pilgrims from south Kashmir's Pahalgam, 100 km away from Srinagar, were allowed to cross the access control gate at Chandanwari till 11am.

"There was half an hour stoppage at 8am due to rain," said the spokesman.

"A total of 5,477 pilgrims left for Sheshnag and further onwards for the pilgrimage on Wednesday," said shrine board CEO Navin K Choudhary.

On 12th day of the Yatra, a total of 1,73,593 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the holy cave at an average of 14,466 number of pilgrims a day.

The shrine board spokesman said one pilgrim, Vijaya from Srigandakavel, Karnataka, lost her life due to cardiac arrest at the Baltal Base Camp yesterday.

Another pilgrim, JL Shaw from Kolkata, breathed his last at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, where he was admitted following illness on Tuesday.

With these two casualties, the death toll during the current Yatra has risen to five.

"I appeal to the yatris to be hundred per cent confident of their health condition before performing this arduous journey to the holy cave and with slightest doubt or uneasiness, must contact the nearest Medical Camp and proceed for Yatra only after obtaining doctor's advice," said the CEO.