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37 Andhra Pradesh pilgrims missing in Amarnath accident due to cloudburst, family members in tension

Amravati: The number of missing pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh rose to 37 on Sunday evening due to a cloudburst near the holy Amarnath cave in Jammu and Kashmir as relatives called authorities to say their whereabouts could not be ascertained. Official sources said that so far 84 pilgrims have been declared safe as they are in touch with their relatives and authorities. On Sunday afternoon, the state government had said that only two women from Rajmahendravaram could not be traced in the Amarnath tragedy.

“We later received calls from several people saying that they could not get in touch with their relatives after the cloudburst and floods near the holy cave temple,” said a senior rescue official. As per information, we now have 37 missing cases. In addition to the two women from Rajmahendravaram, about 29 members of the two groups from Nellore, two persons from Eluru, three members of a family from Rajmahendravaram and one person from Underjavaram near Tanuku are reported missing.

Only two women in the 20-member team could not be identified.

“My partner and some other people had gone to Amarnath,” Vasudha said over phone from Nellore. I spoke to him for the last time on Thursday but lost contact after that. I also called the Jammu authorities and the police. Our Additional Resident Commissioner Himanshu Kaushik spoke to me and informed me about the search operation. According to official sources, out of the 20-member team from Rajahmundry to Amarnath, only two women could not be traced.

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A senior official said her husband had returned to Srinagar but the woman was still missing. They may have been injured or moved elsewhere. We are conducting a search operation to find them. The state government has sent Andhra Pradesh Bhawan Additional Resident Commissioner Himanshu Kaushik to Srinagar to liaise with the local authorities and ensure the safety of the state’s pilgrims.

The Andhra Pradesh Government has also started a dedicated helpline number 1902 to provide necessary assistance to the pilgrims of the state. A helpline has also been set up at Andhra Pradesh Bhawan in New Delhi to provide any assistance to the pilgrims and their relatives, the release said.


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