Five pilgrims died and four others were reported injured after a landslide prompted by the heavy rains slammed the Amarnath yatra near Brarimarg in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. Following the landslides that recently hit the region, the yatra has been suspended on both Pahalgam and Baltal routes. The authorities have announced that the rescue operation is underway, however, the process is taking a bit longer following the incessant rains. Earlier in the day, five Amarnath pilgrims were killed and four others were injured after the landslide hit the Brarimarg region, which comes on Baltal route.

Following the incident, the injured were rushed to the hospital where there are undergoing a treatment. A rescue operation has been carried out by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel to save the pilgrims near Bararimarg on Baltal route. The authorities are also trying to ascertain the identities of who have died in the landslides triggered by the flash floods due to heavy rainfall.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday took to his Twitter handle and expressed his grief over the incident took place during the Amarnath yatra. “My thoughts are with the bereaved families and my prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Rajnath Singh tweeted. A report in NDTV claimed that till now around 11 people have died in the Amarnath yatra so far.

A few days back, Amarnath yatra gathered a lot of attention on social media after a picture of Amarnath pilgrims peeing in the Dal lake went viral. The picture irked the people of the Valley and an outrage was triggered following the incident.

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