Earlier too the Amarnath yatra was suspended on July 8 and July 13 due to a strike called by separatists in the Kashmir valley. The death toll has risen to 30 and this time yatra has been suspended till August 4 due to warning of bad weather
Srinagar: The Amarnath yatra will remain suspended till August 4 as the IMD has forecast heavy rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir over the next few days, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) said on Wednesday.
"In view of inclement weather conditions, shooting of stones and landslides particularly in Jammu region, the yatra will remain suspended till August 4, 2019," an SASB spokesperson said.
He said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall for next few days all over Jammu and Kashmir, which may cause landslides and shooting of stones on the Jammu and Srinagar national highway, particularly in the stretch between Ramban and Banihal.
The spokesperson said the track from Baltal and Pahalgam has become slippery due to recent heavy rainfall and the situation is likely to aggravate in the next couple of days.
The yatra was suspended on Wednesday (July 31) as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident, officials said.
As many as 7,021 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Amarnath in the south Kashmir Himalayas till Tuesday evening, taking the total those having performed the darshan to 3,08,839, officials said.
Over 3.30 lakh pilgrims from across the country have so far registered themselves for the 46-day pilgrimage, which takes place on the 36-km Pahalgam track in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district and the 14-km Baltal route in Ganderbal district.
On July 8, the yatra was suspended as a precautionary measure following a strike called by separatists in the Kashmir valley to mark the third death anniversary of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
On July 13, it was again suspended in view of a separatists-sponsored strike in the Kashmir valley on Martyrs' Day.
Four Amarnath pilgrims have died on July 24 and 25 en route to the cave, taking the death toll in this year's pilgrimage to 30, officials said.
As many as 2.85 lakh pilgrims had paid obeisance at the cave last year, while the number was 3.52 lakh in 2015, 3.20 lakh in 2016 and 2.60 lakh in 2017.
Last Updated Jul 31, 2019, 5:31 PM IST