2 killed as cloudburst hit lower Amarnath holy cave


*Rescue operation on, chopper pressed into service to airlift injured persons; IGP Kashmir says situation under control*

Raja Syed Rather

Srinagar, Jul 08 (KNO): At least two persons have died while many are feared injured after a cloudburst occurred at lower cave (Amarnath Holy Cave) at Kali Mata near Y Junction on Friday evening, officials said.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar, said that two deaths were reported after some langers and tents came under cloudburst and flash floods at holy cave.

He said that the injured persons are being airlifted for treatment while the situation is under control.

“Some langars and tents have come under cloud burst/flash floods at #HolyCave. 02 deaths reported. #Rescue operation by Police, NDRF & SFs in progress. Injured being airlifted for treatment. #Situation under #control. IGP Kashmir,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

Pertinently, the officials said that a rescue operation has been launched while the chopper was also pressed into the service to evacuate the injured persons.

The officials told KNO that three langers got washed away due to heavy flow of water near the holy cave. They said a few persons are reportedly missing after the incident occurred at around 05:30 PM.

They said that the rescue operation has been launched, adding that ITBP, CRPF, J&K Police, Army and others have been involved in the massive rescue operation.

Officials further said that the chopper has also been pressed into the service to rescue the injured persons—(KNO)

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