At least 13 people died Friday in the northern Indian region of Kashmir as a result of a cloudburst near Amarnath Cave. This place is an important place of worship in Hinduism, reported Indian television NDTV.
Flash floods were caused by heavy rainfall on Friday. Thirteen people have died and several dozen are missing, the local authorities reported on Friday. Floods originated near the Himalayan Hindu cave sanctuary of Amarnath in Indian Kashmir.
Kashmir Police Chief Vijay Kumar said the bodies of the fatalities were found during the rescue operation.
“Rescue operations and aid action are underway”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Twitter to the relatives of the victims of the downpour.
“Rescue operations and relief operation are underway. The injured are provided with all possible assistance,” the Prime Minister informed and added that he was shocked by the event. In June, in the state of Meghalaja in northeastern India, at least 16 people died from floods and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains.
Pilgrimage to a holy place
The annual pilgrimage of tens of thousands of Hindus takes place to the holy place of Amarnath Cave. According to believers, there is an icy stalagmite that grows and decreases according to the phases of the moon, worshiped by the faithful as Shiva-lingam.
The oldest references to the cult of Amarnath are found in the Puranas, or in the scriptures of Hinduism. According to the myths, it was in this cave that the god Shiva revealed to his divine consort Parvati the secrets of life and the universe.
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