Cloudburst near Amarnath shrine in Jammu and Kashmir  

On Friday, a cloudburst was reported to have struck close to the base camp of the revered Amarnath cave shrine in the south Kashmir Himalayas.

40 people are believed to be missing, and 10 people have died thus far, say reports.

There were reports of a cloudburst close to the holy cave shrine’s camp. According to officials, torrential rains were followed by a cloudburst that struck the cave region at approximately 5.30 p.m.

In response to several langars being impacted by the gushing waters, police and other civil administration have initiated a rescue effort, the officials said. The base camp outside the shrine was struck by the pouring floods, which destroyed three communal kitchens where the pilgrims are fed as well as 25 tents. This year, severe weather caused multiple difficulties for the Amarnath Yatra.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are now conducting rescue operations.

Other organisations have also joined in.

Following a two-year hiatus, pilgrimage started again this year on June 30.

More than 72,000 pilgrims have prayed since then, to date.

Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, ordered the government of Jammu and Kashmir and the federal troops to guarantee that rescue efforts for those harmed by the cloudburst will be carried out quickly.