2 more people lost their lives during Amarnath Yatra, the death toll is 36 -aabtak24


Amarnath Yatra News: Two yatris have died on Saturday (July 22) during the Amarnath Yatra climb, taking the death toll during this year’s pilgrimage in the south Kashmir Himalayas to 36.

The two yatris who died on Saturday have been identified as Fateh Lal Manaria (died at the holy cave) and Mangi Lal (died at Baltal base camp). Officials said that they were around 60 years old. Both the pilgrims were from Rajasthan.

On Friday (July 21), the number of pilgrims crossed three lakhs. According to information, so far 3,07,354 pilgrims have undertaken the Amarnath Yatra, while 13,797 pilgrims visited the holy cave on Friday (July 21) despite inclement weather.

What is the reason behind the loss of life?
The Shrine Board issues regular medical guidelines for pilgrims and others involved in providing various services during the yatra but some people succumb to natural causes. A common reason behind the deaths during the yatra is also being said to be low oxygen at high altitude. 

Devotees reach the holy cave through two routes. Yatris reach the cave shrine either through the traditional Pahalgam route (43 km) in South Kashmir or the Baltal base camp in North Kashmir. Yatris return to base camp the same day after ‘darshan’ at the cave temple located 3,888 meters above sea level.

Another batch of 3,475 yatris leaves
Helicopter services are also available for yatris on both routes. This year’s 62-day Amarnath Yatra began on July 1 and will end on August 31 with the Raksha Bandhan festival. Another batch of 3,475 passengers left in a security convoy on Saturday from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu. officials said, "Of these, 2,731 are men, 663 women, 12 children, 63 sadhus, three sadhvis and three transgenders."

Keep these things in mind during Amarnath Yatra
It is advised not to take children under age and elders above 70 years of age in Amarnath Yatra. Along with this it is better to carry warm clothes, waterproof trekking shoes, raincoat.

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