5 pilgrims dead due to landslide on Amarnath Yatra route, Rajnath Singh expresses grief

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Five pilgrims (four men and a woman) were killed and four others got injured when a landslide triggered due to flash floods on the Baltal route of the Amarnath Yatra in Ganderbal District of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday night, police said.

Police official said, “A landslide hit between Railpatri and Brarimarg on the Baltal route.”

“The identities of the deceased and the injured were yet to be ascertained and the bodies were being brought to the Baltal base hospital,” police official added.

“Anguished beyond words on the loss of precious lives due to a landslide on the Baltal route of Shri Amarnathji Yatra. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and my prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.

Police and other security forces and rescue agencies were undergoing rescue operations on the accident site, the official said.

Including these 5 deaths, the death toll in this year’s Amarnath Yatra has reached to 10.