Five persons, including a woman, have died on the route to the Himalayan cave shrine of Amarnath, taking the toll in this year's yatra to 18, officials said on Thursday.
Four pilgrims, including the woman, were among the dead. A pony operator drowned in a stream en route to the 3,880-metre shrine.
SS Jogi, a 63-year-old resident of Pune and 65-year-old Raghbir Puri of Mathura died of cardiac arrest at the camp at Sheshnag, located at 3,718 metres, on the Pahalgam route late on Wednesday night, the officials said.
A woman pilgrim named Chetna (35), a resident of Rajkot area of Gujarat, died at the camp at Panchtarni. Her last rites were performed in the presence of her husband Shashi Kant at Chandanwari on Wednesday, they said.
An unidentified sadhu also died near the shrine on Monday.
Pony operator Fareed Ahmad Khatana, a resident of Pahalgam, drowned in a stream while taking a bath at Chandanwari on Thursday afternoon, the official said. A search has been launched for his body.
With these deaths, the total number of people who have died since the yatra began on June 11 has risen to 18. The dead includes a Muslim labourer who was crushed to death last week when a huge boulder caved in while he was busy clearing the track for pilgrims at Baltal.
Nearly 1.50 lakh pilgrims have so far visited the shrine housing an ice lingam.