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After Kishtwar and Manali, cloudburst near Amarnath shrine in J&K

Jammu:  A cloudburst has been reported near the Amarnath shrine in central Kashmir. No loss of life or injury has been reported as of yet.

This was the third cloudburst reported today after Kishtwar in J&K and Manali in Himachal Pradesh.

Sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Kangan, Syed Yasir told India Today, “In view of incessant rains and reported the cloudburst at the holy cave [Amarnath], the general public in areas of Gund and Kangan are requested to stay away from the river Sindh as there may be sudden increase in flow of water.”

Officials in Jammu and Kashmir are also responding to a cloudburst that has claimed seven lives in Kishtwar.

“During the intervening night, an incident of cloudburst took place in the Honzar Dachhan area, in which 19 residential houses were completely damaged, whereas two houses were partially damaged. Twenty-one cowsheds also got damaged,” read a statement by J&K Police dated July 28. Amarnath Yatra was cancelled in June, for the second year in a row, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was slated to take place from June 28 to August 22. However, the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board had announced that all rituals at the holy cave would be performed as per tradition. The board also made arrangements for virtual ‘live darshan’ for devotees who could not visit the shrine owing to the pandemic.