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Heavy snowfall halts Amarnath Yatra

Due to heavy snowfall at the cave, the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims could not continue with their pilgrimage.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2006 14:43 IST

There was heavy snowfall at the cave as well as Mahagunus and Posh Patri areas and landslides on the Sheshnag-Panjtarni track at three places due to heavy rains during the night, Lohia said.

"Men and machines of the road and buildings department and policemen are working to clear the track of landslides and snowfall," he said.

Due to the snowfall and rains, the temperature dipped and created "chilly conditions", Lohia said adding the pilgrims would be in danger if they attempted to make the trek to the shrine in these conditions.

Over 2,000 pilgrims are camping in Pahalgam, while some 300 pilgrims are at the Chandwari camp. "Once the weather improves and the track is cleared, the pilgrims will be allowed to continue their journey to the cave," he said.

"All pilgrims are safe and sound. There are no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere along the yatra track," Lohia said.

First Published: Jun 11, 2006 14:43 IST