Two more Telugus die at Amarnath

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | YUSUF JAMEEL
Published Jul 9, 2018, 12:39 am IST
Updated Jul 9, 2018, 3:24 am IST
Another pilgrim, Ravinder Nath (72), a resident of Andhra Pradesh, was taken ill while on yatra.
The annual two-month Amarnath Yatra to commence on Thursday was halted due to bad weather and heavy rainfall. (Photo: PTI)
 The annual two-month Amarnath Yatra to commence on Thursday was halted due to bad weather and heavy rainfall. (Photo: PTI)

SRINAGAR: Two more Amarnath pilgrims, one each from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, died of natural causes on Sunday, raising the toll to 14 during this year’s yatra to the 3,888-foot-high revered cave-shrine in Kashmir Himalayas. The police and hospital sources said that a 54-year-old woman pilgrim from Hyderabad identified as Lakshmi Bhai died due to cardiac arrest at Baltal, the base-camp at a distance of 96 kms from summer capital Srinagar overnight.

Another pilgrim, Ravinder Nath (72), a resident of Andhra Pradesh, was taken ill while on yatra. He was admitted to Srinagar’s Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) where he passed away on Sunday, the sources said.

 

Another seriously ill pilgrim 45-year-old Gauri Shankar of Gujarat was immediately airlifted by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) from Baltal to the SKIMS for further specialised treatment. Six of the other twelve pilgrims who died since June 28 when the annual yatra commenced from both shorter Baltal and traditional Pahalgam routes were swept by a landslide or hit by shooting stones along the 13-km track between Baltal and the cave-shrine.

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