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Thursday, July 12, 2012

PILGRIMS’ PLIGHT 67 die in just 17 days of Amarnath yatra


Srinagar: The death of 67 Amarnath pilgrims, mostly due to cardiac arrest, in just 17 days of the yatra to the holy cave in south Kashmir Himalayas has left the board managing the pilgrimage worried. The board has asked authorities to address all issues related to health
    Although 105 persons died during the 45-day yatra last year — which was highest due to natural causes, the high number of deaths in the first 17 days this year has the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board worried. Cardiac arrest caused by rarefied oxygen at high altitude has been one of the most common natural causes of death among the pilgrims. 
    An official of the state health department, said, "We have seen people suffering from diabetes and respiratory problems. This is not a place for them, but we cannot stop them as they come with fitness certificates issued by medical practitio
ners," The Governor has already convened two emergency meetings on pilgrim deaths since the 39-day annual pilgrimage, which commenced on June 25 from the twin tracks of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district. The yatra will end on August 2, coinciding with Raksha Bandhan. 
3 Indians die in Tibet: Three Indian pilgrims were killed and two others injured in a car accident in Tibet's Kailash-Mansarovar area on Tuesday, said officials of the Indian Embassy in Beijing. They are among the 43 Indians who were travelling from Kathmandu, on a pilgrimage organized by a private tour operator, to Kailash-Mansarovar. 
    The dead included Neelam Gupta (51) and Pankhori Gupta (27), both members of the same family. Uma Mittal (50) too was killed in the accident. TNN & AGENCIES



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