New Delhi: The cloudburst that struck a sudden blow on the Amarnath Yatra has led to death of at least 16 people while more than 40 are said to be missing. More than 20 tents & community kitchens are said to have washed away in the sudden stream of water that came gushing down from the Himalayas.
Despite all the adversity, the Indian Army has been doing daring rescue operation and have saved many lives since yesterday. More than 15,000 people are said to have been rescued. Chinar Corps of the Indian Army is also actively engaged in relief & rescue operation. The Army also shared pictures & videos of the rescue work as many pilgrims were airlifted to safer locations.
Along with them, the teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are also assisting in the rescue operation.
The pilgrims are hailing the rescue work by Indian Army personnel , who have gone beyond their call of duty to save maximum lives. Many of the pilgrims narrated their ordeal & danger of losing life and how they were brought to safety by brave soldiers.
Meanwhile, a group of elderly citizens kept gushing over the Army personnel’s brave rescue and offered a salute to them for saving them from sudden flash flood.
An elderly woman, evacuated from Amarnath cave to Panjtarni proudly said, ‘faujiyon ko shat shat naman’.
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Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has also deployed 2 ALH Dhruv and Mi-17 V5 helicopters for rescue operations at the Amarnath cave site. 1 AN-32 and Ilyushin-76 transport aircraft is also on standby in Chandigarh for further assistance.
The cave area of Amarnath witnessed a sudden cloudburst incident on Friday, resulting in heavy discharge of water and sweeping away many tents along with it.