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Amarnath Yatra suspended due to bad weather

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13 pilgrims injured in twin road accidents

Srinagar: Amarnath Yatra was suspended on both routes on Thursday due to bad weather as rains lashed the Kashmir Valley, officials said.

The Yatra was temporarily suspended from Pahalgam as well as Baltal routes in the morning and no pilgrim was allowed to move towards the holy cave shrine, they said.

The officials said the Yatra will resume after the weather improves.

Meanwhile, thirteen Amarnath pilgrims were injured on Thursday in separate accidents in Kulgam and Ganderbal districts, officials said here.

Eight pilgrims were injured in south Kashmir’s Kulgam and five more in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal, they said.

In Kulgam, the officials said, a bus enroute to the Baltal base camp with around 40 pilgrims lost control and hit a tipper dumper moving in the same direction.

The accident took place on the national highway near Nussu Badergund in Qazigund, they said.

Six of them were administered first-aid at a hospital in the area and the other two shifted to the district hospital in Anantnag, the officials said.

The second accident involving a vehicle ferrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims took place at Satrina in the Kangan area of Ganderbal, they said.

Five people sustained injuries and were taken to the SKIMS hospital in Soura where their condition is stated to be stable, the officials said.

“Three Shri Amarnath Ji Yatris, who had received minor injuries in a road accident near Badragund, Kulgam, shifted to GMC Anantnag. Instructed District Administration & Principal GMC to take good care of others with minor injuries & ensure necessary arrangements for their travel,” Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha wrote on Twitter.

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