Drones, choppers, high-tech gadgets used in Amarnath rescue work; toll rises to 16

Drones and helicopters were being pressed into service and mountain rescue teams and lookout patrols with substantial-tech machines and sniffer canines deployed as operations continued on Saturday to seem for survivors in the cloudburst incident in the vicinity of the Amarnath cave shrine. As lots of as 16 persons have been killed in the incident.

Operations continued without the need of a split amid fears that quite a few are continue to trapped underneath the particles, which is but to be absolutely cleared.

Officers stated 15,000 stranded pilgrims were being shifted to the reduce base camp of Panjtarni and 25 hurt people today to hospitals following the flash flood and landslides rummaged by means of tents and group kitchens on Friday afternoon.

Having said that, undeterred by the incident, lots of devotees thronged the Amarnath Yatra base camp in Jammu with a “large diploma of enthusiasm and devotion” for their onward journey to the cave shrine situated at a peak of 3,880 metres in the south Kashmir Himalayas.

They mentioned they have no fear and have entire religion in Lord Shiva, adding that it would be a terrific privilege for them if they die in the abode of the god.

Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha chaired a critique assembly to consider stock of the progress of rescue get the job done.

In the meantime, a lot of states have set up helplines for facts about people who went for the yatra. A manage space in West Bengal has also been opened at the state secretariat.

In accordance to an Military official, mountain rescue teams and lookout patrols with large-tech machines and sniffer canines have been deployed for the lookup and rescue procedure.

“Air rescue functions started off Saturday early morning and 6 pilgrims were evacuated by Military helicopters. The armed forces professional medical teams are getting patients and casualties at the Nilagrar helipad for onward evacuation,” the formal mentioned.

An Mi-17 chopper of the BSF’s air wing was pressed into service. The Jammu and Kashmir administration has also deployed sophisticated light-weight helicopters for rescue functions.

A Border Stability Pressure (BSF) spokesperson in Delhi mentioned, “Sixteen bodies have been shifted to Baltal.”

The ITBP expanded its route opening and security get-togethers from the decreased aspect of the holy cave up to Panjtarni, a spokesperson of the pressure claimed.

More Director Standard of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Vijay Kumar, who retains demand of the Kashmir vary, attained the holy cave shrine on Saturday early morning to supervise the rescue operations currently being conducted by stability forces and the Nationwide Catastrophe Reaction Force.

He said the rescuers have been clearing the particles to search for survivors as the administration was cross-checking the facts of pilgrims to get the actual number of casualties. Each individual pilgrim has been delivered with a Radio Frequency Identification card this time for the reason that of terror threats.

Among those people who escaped the tragedy was Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh. The legislator and his family members members, who achieved Amarnath by a helicopter, resolved to trip ponies on their way again as the weather conditions commenced deteriorating.

“We sensed that the temperature quickly improved for the even worse. In that circumstance, the helicopter services would also be cancelled. So we decided to descend the hills riding ponies. I could see the rains on the hills and then a number of tents acquired swept away in the floods,” Raja Singh mentioned.

The once-a-year pilgrimage, which started on June 30, has been suspended pursuing the tragedy and a final decision on its resumption will be taken just after rescue operations get over, a senior administration official explained.

The IMD explained the fatalities and destruction were thanks to a highly localised rain event.

According to climate researchers, the shrine noted 31 mm of rainfall between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm on Friday, which is really low to be categorised as a cloudburst.

“The flash floods could have been induced due to rainfall in the higher reaches of the mountains near the Amarnath cave shrine,” IMD Director Common Mrutyunjay Mohapatra advised PTI.

“Most of the pilgrims, who had been stranded near the holy cave shrine space owing to the flash flood, have been shifted to Panjtarni. The evacuation ongoing till 3.38 am. No pilgrim is remaining on the keep track of. About 15,000 persons have been safely shifted till now,” the Indo-Tibetan Border Law enforcement (ITBP) spokesperson claimed.

The BSF spokesperson stated health-related workers of the paramilitary drive handled 9 patients who were critically injured in the floods. “They have been shifted to the reduce-altitude Neelgrath foundation camp.”

A workforce of BSF staff has been deployed at the Neelgrath helipad to help the pilgrims coming from the cave shrine. About 150 pilgrims stayed at the BSF camp set up in Panjtarni on Friday night time and 15 clients have been airlifted to Baltal on Saturday early morning, he claimed.

The injured were remaining dealt with at the Nilkant camp in Sonamarg. An built-in command centre has been established up under the cost of the divisional commissioner of Kashmir while helpline quantities have been set up in Anantnag in South Kashmir, Srinagar and in Delhi for households of pilgrims to know about the wellbeing of their kin.

An Army official said an infantry battalion led by a colonel alongside with Swift Response Teams, an extra enterprise from the Rashtriya Rifles Sector and a workforce from special forces experienced achieved the shrine with specialised rescue gear to undertake the procedure.

“As a result of the night time, the senior Military officers of the infantry battalion and Rashtriya Rifles oversaw and coordinated rescue operations. Health care assets at the cave and at Nilgrar were being activated and extra assets deployed,” he claimed.

Nine surveillance detachments with hand-held thermal imagers, evening-vision devices and other devices have been deployed for the lookup functions, the official mentioned

“Two state-of-the-art light-weight helicopters ended up moved for casualty evacuation at the holy cave. Even so, owing to undesirable weather, night time landing at the cave was unsuccessful. Two By-Wall Radars and two search and rescue canine squads had been also moved to the cave,” he additional.

The 43-day Yatra started on June 30 from the twin routes— the classic 48-km path from Nunwan in Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, and the 14-km shorter but steep Baltal route in Ganderbal district of central Kashmir.

The pilgrimage to the cave shrine is remaining held right after a gap of a few decades. In 2019, the pilgrimage was cancelled halfway forward of the Centre abrogating Write-up 370 provisions of the Structure. The pilgrimage did not choose location in 2020 and 2021 thanks to the Covid pandemic.