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Landslides kill 3 in Jammu; Amarnath yatra suspended

No pilgrim was allowed to proceed to Kashmir from Jammu on Saturday as massive landslides have blocked the highway.

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

Three persons, including a woman, were killed in Jammu on Saturday due to landslides and house collapse due to heavy rains. The woman was buried under a tree that fell on her due to landslide.

Governor’s adviser BB Vyas said that revenue department teams are assessing the damage for providing relief. Several cattleheads have perished in the Jammu division.

Hundreds of Amarnath pilgrims were stranded at several places in Jammu and the Valley. More than 8,000 pilgrims were held up at the Yatri Bhavan in Jammu. No pilgrim was allowed to proceed to Kashmir from Jammu on Saturday as massive landslides have blocked the highway.

The pilgrims stranded at Tikri, Udhampur and Ramban since Friday were carried to the base camps at Baltal and Pahalgam under the protection of security forces.

Vyas said that the Amarnath Yatra has been suspended from both the routes (Baltal and Pahalgam) due to landslides at various places. He said the pilgrimage to the holy cave will resume after the tracks are cleared and weather improves.

Vyas said the administration is fully geared to tackle the situation in view of the looming flood-threat in Kashmir following incessant rains and rising water levels in the rivers and nullahs. He said while there is no need to panic, but people should take precautions.

The state has witnessed heavy rainfall as 53 mm of rainfall has been recorded in three districts — Shopian and Anantnag and Srinagar — since Friday.

As the water level in rivers has crossed the danger mark at Sangam in South Kashmir as well at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar, government has set up round-the-clock multi-disciplinary monitoring system in various parts of the state.