458 yatris leave Jammu for Amarnath

Amarnath Yatris on way to the cave shrine in south Kashmir's Anantnag.
Amarnath Yatris on way to the cave shrine in south Kashmir's Anantnag. File: Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Jammu: The 32nd batch of 458 yatris left Jammu for the twin base camps of the 3880-metre-high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir, officials said Monday.

The 458 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas here in a convoy of 21 vehicles amid heavy security Monday morning, they said.

They said 164 yatris heading for Baltal were the first to leave the camp in eight vehicles followed by the second convoy of 13 vehicles carrying 294 yatris for Pahalgam.

The number of yatris visiting the cave shrine is drastically falling as the yatra is inching towards its conclusion and also due to bad weather conditions, officials said.

A total of 36 people, mostly yatris, died during the ongoing Amarnath yatra excluding the 15 people, who died in the flash floods at the Amarnath cave shrine on July 1.

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