Many family members of Delhi also went to the accident in Amarnath. In the accident on Friday, people of two families of Delhi have been victims, now their number may increase further. CM Arvind Kejriwal met both these families.
New Delhi, ANI. The death toll in the cloudburst incident during the Amarnath Yatra is increasing. Relief and rescue work is still going on there. Army personnel are engaged in searching the debris spread after the cloudburst and the devotees buried in it. Devotees also went for Amarnath Yatra from Delhi. Some of them have also been victims of accidents.
There was heavy destruction due to cloudburst near Shri Amarnath cave at 5.30 pm on Friday. 16 people have died in the accident and 41 people are missing. After this the trip was postponed. Thousands of personnel of Army, Police, ITBP, CRPF, BSF, SDRF and NDRF are mobilized with the help of helicopters, modern equipment and sniffer dogs to find the people buried under the rubble and washed away in the floods.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday met the families of such dead people and handed over checks of assistance amount to them. He said that two women had gone from Delhi for the Amarnath Yatra. I have met his family members. 10 lakh each will be given by the government to the families. If we come to know further, we will give the same amount to those family members as well.
Search continues for missing
Even though the hope of the missing devotees in the floods near the holy cave of Baba Amarnath ji is waning moment by moment, the relief and rescue workers are working day and night to trace the missing pilgrims. Seven agencies, including the Indian Army, are carrying out relief and rescue operations with full force, clearing debris and stones. To speed up the operation, the army has brought machines like JCB and Earthmover to the holy cave. Special ground radar is being used to search for people in the rubble.
The Indian Army is using handheld ground radar to trace the missing. These radars have been transported from Imphal to Srinagar and then to the holy cave through AN 32 and Darnier aircraft of the Indian Air Force. With the help of these, many injured have been searched from the rubble and taken to hospitals by Air Force helicopters. Air Force helicopters are continuously flying to take the injured to the hospital besides carrying relief material to the holy cave.