15 Killed, Dozens Missing Flash Flood in India’s Kashmir

At least 15 people were killed and 40 were feared missing after a cloudburst triggered flash floods near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in India’s Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

The cloudburst struck around 5.30pm local time. Floods and heavy rainfall also damaged 25 tents of the pilgrims.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said that he was “anguished” by the cloudburst.

“Condolences to the bereaved families. Spoke to Manoj Sinha (Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir) and took stock of the situation. Rescue and relief operations are underway. All possible assistance is being provided to the affected,” Modi tweeted.

A Spokesperson of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police or ITBP said that the situation is under control despite the rains still going on, and the Amarnath Yatra “pilgrim’s ritual” was halted for today due to bad weather, but it would be resumed tomorrow.

The pilgrimage began this year on June 30 after a two years gap due to COVID-19 pandemic, and more than 72,000 pilgrims offered their prayers at the shrine.

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