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Amarnath Yatra: 3 killed in landslide, death toll rises to 10

Three pilgrims were killed in a landslide even as another died due to cardiac arrest, taking the death toll during this year’s Amarnath Yatra to 10, officials said today.

A rescue team recovered the body of Delhi resident Shailendra (30) from the landslide-hit area along the Baltal route of the pilgrimage today, a police official said.

He added that the bodies of two other pilgrims –Jyoti Sharma (35) from Delhi and Ashok Mahto (51) from Bihar – were recovered last night itself.

Five others – two pilgrims and three ponywallas – were injured in the landslide, which was triggered by heavy rainfall between Railpatri and Brarimarg on the Baltal route of the annual pilgrimage, the police official said.

The Jammu and Kashmir police had yesterday said in a tweet that five people had died in the landslide. However, the police clarified this morning that the death toll in the landslide stood at three.

The police official also informed that a 60-year-old pilgrim from Gujarat, Naniben Parma, died due to cardiac arrest at the Panjtarni base camp last evening, adding that the body was taken to the Baltal base camp for further legal proceedings.

With this, the death toll in this year’s yatra has gone up to 10.

The pilgrimage began on June 28 and is scheduled to conclude on August 26, coinciding with Raksha Bandhan.

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