Amarnath Yatra bus accident: 16 killed as bus falls into gorge along Srinagar-Jammu highway

Amarnath Yatra bus accident : The annual Amarnath Yatra has been hit with another tragedy, this time with a bus falling into a deep gorge of about 150ft to kill 16 and injuring 27 passengers along the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Ramban district on Sunday.

It can be recalled that last Monday, eight people were killed and a dozen injured in the Amarnath Yatra terror attack on last Monday in the Anantnag district.

Today’s Amarnath Yatra bus accident, the ill-fated bus which was on its way to Kashmir from Jammu skidded off the road and fell into a narrow valley.

The Jammu & Kashmir Police tweeted about the Ramban bus accident update informing that 16 pilgrims were dead and the 19 injured were being airlifted for the treatment. Another eight people had suffered minor injuries and are undergoing treatment at the Banihal sub-district hospital.

Pilgrims carrying out the Amarnath Yatra

Pilgrims carrying out the Amarnath Yatra. Photo courtesy of Nittin sain/Wikipedia.org.

As per the media reports, the Amarnath Yatra bus accident took place at Nichilana, about 11 kn from the highway town of Banihall, which is 107 kn south of Srinagar.

As per witnesses, the local people initiated the rescue operation immediately after the mishap and were soon joined by the police and army.

Members from State Disaster Management Force too had rushed to the Amarnath Yatra bus accident area while two army helicopters were carrying out the rescue operation.

The Jammu and Kashmir Road Transport Corporation (J&KSRTC) bus with number JK02V-0594 was a part of an Amarnath convoy and as the driver lost control over the bus, it fell into a gorge.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Amarnath Yatra bus accident, tweeted: “Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in J&K. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased.

“I pray that those injured in the bus accident in J&K recover soon.”

Amarnath yatra of 40 days duration started on June 29 and until now, nearly 200,000 devotees have offered prayers at the 3,888 metre high cave shrine in Kashmir Himalayas.

But, during this annual Amarnath yatra, 40 pilgrims have died in the initial 18 days in mishaps (18), cardiac arrest (14) and other ailments and the remaining eight in July 10 at terror attack at Botengo in Anantnag district.

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