Amarnath yatra remains suspended

Srinagar, Jul 5: The annual pilgrimage remained suspended for the second day on Thursday to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas,
However, helicopter service from Baltal to holy cave was operational, an official said.
He said tracks were damaged at several places due to landslides and slippery due to rain forcing authorities to suspend the pilgrimage from both shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam routes, they said.
They said cloudburst and heavy rain triggering landslides and flash flood during in the wee hours Wednesday forcing suspension of yatra on the 7th day today.
Three pilgrims were killed and as many injured in the landslides between Brari Marg and Railpatheri, they said adding efforts are going on to restore it and resume yatra. Since repair work was going on and the tracks are slippery the yatra remained suspended on the 8th day today, they added and said once a green signal is received that tracks are safe for undertaking the foot journey, yatra will be resumed.
Similarly the pilgrims who were scheduled to return to base camp after having darshan at the cave shrine have been stopped. The pilgrims will be allowed to start return journey once a green signal is received that track is safe for undertaking the foot journey.
Similalry, yatra on traditional Pahalgam track has also been suspended due to slippery hilly road conditions following fresh overnight rain.
Officials said that yatra from Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps remained suspended. However, limited helicopter services functioned from both routes.