2 teens killed, dozens hurt after cloud burst triggers flash floods at Baltal

Mohammad Imran

Ganderbal: Two teenagers were killed and dozens injured when cloudburst hit and triggered flash floods at Baltal, one of two base camps of the annual Amarnath yatra here in this central Kashmir district, a senior police official said on Saturday.

Pooja, (13), and Vikram (12), both from Rajasthan were killed and ten others wounded some of them seriously, when a cloudburst hit Zojilla hills around 10:15 pm Friday triggering flash floods in Baltal and other areas, where hundreds of pilgrims, volunteers, pony walas and vendors are camping, the official said.

The flash floods, official said also caused extensive damage to shops and vehicles.

“The rescue operation was started last night only but today it was intensified after additional deployments reached the spot to assist in the operation,” the official said.