Srinagar, Jul 27 : The minister of state for Home Affairs on Wednesday informed the Parliament that 15 persons lost their lives due to flash flood incident which took place near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath, but no person has been reported missing, while 42 pilgrims have died due to natural causes till July 19.
In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, he said that as per information provided by J&K government, 15 persons lost their lives due to flash flood but no person has been reported missing.
He said that various government agencies like NDRF, SDRF, Army, CAPFS & UT officials were deployed for search operations, rescue & relief of pilgrims.
He added that the Yatris were immediately evacuated to safer places and provided accommodation and food, while the injured yatris were moved to the nearest medical facilities
He also said that around 42 pilgrims have died due to natural causes till July 19, 2022 during the annual Amarnath Yatra and in 2020 and 2021 Shri Amarnath Yatra was not organized owing to Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that government has taken several steps to protect lives of pilgrims such as, mandatory requirement of compulsory health certificate, Installation of Oxygen booths, setting up of hospitals at various locations along Yatra route, monitoring or well being of Yatris through Radio Frequency-based Identification (RFID), installation of Automatic Weather Stations, issue of health and weather advisories from time to time.