Amarnath Yatra suspended till Sunday

Even as the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has been re-opened for traffic, authorities on Wednesday announced suspension of AmarnathYatra till Sunday in view of inclement weather prediction.

“The national highway was re-opened in afternoon,” Traffic Police department officials said here. “It was closed in the morning after landslides hit the road at some places.”

They said a landslide triggered by incessant rainfall led to the closure of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Wednesday. The landslide occurred after continued rainfall at MorhPassi near BalliNallah in Udhampur district of Jammu.

The authorities have announced suspension of AmarnathYatra till Sunday (4th August) in view of inclement weather prediction.

“India Meteorology Department has predicted heavy rainfall for next few days all over Jammu and Kashmir, which may cause landslides and shooting stones on highway between Jammu and Srinagar, particularly in the stretch between Ramban and Banihal, which is highly vulnerable to landslides and shooting stone,” an official spokesman said here.

The tracks to Amarnath cave from Baltal and Pahalgam, he said, have become slippery due to recent heavy rainfall and the situation is likely to aggravate in next couple of days in view of weather advisory issued by IMD. “In view of inclement weather conditions, shooting stones and landslides particularly in Jammu region, Yatra will remain suspended till 4th August, 2019.”

Director MeT, Sonam Lotus said that in Kashmir the weather will be hot and humid. However he said there can be moderate to heavy spell of rain and thunder on Thursday and Friday morning. 

Lotus said Udhampur has received 342 mm of rainfall since 8 pm on Tuesday. Katra town, which is the base camp for Vaishno Devi pilgrims in Reasi district, recorded 292.4 mm rainfall during the same period, Lotus said.