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Amarnath yatra suspended due to inclement weather

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August 6th, 2006

Srinagar, Aug. 6 (PTI): The pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas was suspended today after incessant rains triggered two massive landslides on the yatra route and left 1000 devotees stranded at various halting points.

However, chopper service to the 3,880 metre high cave housing the naturally formed ice-lingam, continued unaffected, official sources said.

Rains triggered two massive landslides and also washed away a wooden bridge at Railpathri on the Naltal route to the cave forcing the authorities to suspend the yatra this morning, the sources said.

They said no fresh batch of pilgrims were allowed from the Baltal base camp towards the cave owing to the unsafe track.

Similarly, the pilgrims were not allowed from Nunwan base camp along traditional Pahalgam route as rains left the track slippery, the sources said.

The sources said authorities are monitoring the weather situation on an hourly basis. Heavy rains coupled with snow at several places near

the holy cave area last night forced the authorities to direct pilgrims not to move from the halting stations enroute to the cave, the sources said.

Over 1000 pilgrims are stranded at various places enroute to the cave, the sources said adding they included those who were returning to the base camps after paying obeisance at the shrine. All of them are safe, the sources said.

They said thirty pilgrims visited the holy cave by helicopters since this morning.

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