Flood Alert In Jammu And Kashmir, Amarnath Yatra Suspended
Amarnath Yatra : A flood alert has been issued in Jammu and Kashmir valley after Jhelum river flowed above the critical 21-feet mark at Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday. People in the river basin are advised to stay alert, as floods are very high. Kokarang in Anantnag district recorded the highest rainfall of 64.4 mm in the last two days, about 58.6 mm rainfall has been recorded in Khajurgand and about 12.6 mm rainfall has been recorded in the capital Srinagar. The water level in the Jhelum river has been rising since morning, rising at one foot per hour, officials said. In 2014, 300 people lost their lives due to heavy floods in Kashmir.
In the wake of heavy rains and flood warnings in the state, officials stopped the Amarnath yatra on Friday. This is the second time the trip is stopped after the start of the trip. Officials have revealed that roads leading to the journey have been damaged due to heavy rains. A base compound in Amarnath yatra at Pahalgam was recorded with 27.8 mm rainfall, a weather official said. All pilgrims were safely placed in base camps. After better weather conditions, the trip will be resumed.
Jammu Police Control Room said, “Due to inclement weather and bad condition of the roads both in Baltal and Pahalgam routes, Amarnath Yatra will remain suspended today.”
The third batch of pilgrims who began their yatra from Bhagwati Nagar base camp and undertook the journey via Pahalgam route was stopped at the Tikri base camp, reports news agency
Balwant Singh Mankotia, State President of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party said that around 500-700 devotees are stranded at Tikri camp. Food has been arranged for them. “We have also discussed all the problems that they are facing,” he added.