Anantnag , July 8 At least eight pilgrims have died and many are missing as a huge cloud burst hit the Amarnath Yatra route near the lower cave in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday evening, officials said.
They said the cloud burst hit at a place where the tented accommodation was provided to the pilgrims besides langar.
Several tents have been washed away with the flash floods in which eight yatris have died, they said and added many are still missing.
The death toll is likely to mount as many people are still missing, they said.
Many injured in the incident were airlifted for treatment.
Earlier Inspector General of Police Kashmir in a tweet said that two people died in cloudburst and flash floods near the holy cave.
Rescue teams from police, security forces and NDRF have rushed to the spot and launched a massive operation.
“The situation is under control”, IGP said in a tweet
“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 said in a tweet
Further details are emerging, they added.