Amranath Yatra remains suspended for second day

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Srinagar, Jul 8: The Amarnath yatra remains suspended on the second day due to bad weather, said officials.

"The yatra is suspended today also as a precautionary measure after heavy rains lashed the track leading to the cave shrine from Pahalgam," said officials.

The yatra was suspended on Jul 7 from Pahalgam because of heavy rains. However the pilgrim was going on from the Baltal route, Ganderbal district.

Officials also said that atleast 10,000 devotees left for the shrine from Baltal. Also a batch consisting 3,723 worshippers including 88 children, 104 women, left for the Jammu base camp for Amarnath.

Meanwhile the death toll have risen to 28 after M S Raja Narsimha from Bangalore died due to a heart attack.

Three pilgrims including a CRPf jawan died after a cardiac attack earlier. All deaths happened due to natural cause.

The annual Amarnath yatra had begun on Jun 28 amidst tight security with 10,000 security force personnel deployed to cover-up the pilgrims from any possible threat. Around 5,000 paramilitary CRPF and an equal number of state police personnel have been deployed for safety and security of the pilgrims along the traditional Pahalgam route and the shorter Baltal route.

The pilgrimage was inaugurated by Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister for tourism and culture.

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