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Amarnath pilgrimage death toll touches 72

July 13, 2012 13:17 IST

Four more pilgrims and a porter died en-route to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas since Thursday night, taking the toll during this year's pilgrimage to 72, officials said.

Sixty-year-old Nirmala Tripathi, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, died of cardiac arrest at the 3,880 metre high cave shrine after paying obeisance to the naturally formed ice-shivlingam on Thursday night, the officials said.

In another case, Chand, a resident of Madhya Pradesh, suffered a heart attack and died near Brarimarg along 16-km Baltal cave route in Ganderbal district on Thursday, they said.

Two unidentified pilgrims, including a woman, were found dead along the traditional 45-km Pahalgam cave route between Chandanwari and Panjtarni, the officials said, adding that efforts were on to identify the deceased.

A porter identified as Abdul Rehman Paddar (65), hailing from Anantnag district, died of cardiac arrest at Zojibal near Pahalgam, raising the number of porters who passed away during the pilgrimage to two, they said.

The annual Amarnath yatra commenced on June 25 from the twin tracks from Baltal and Pahalgam and was going on smoothly although the weather remained cloudy on Friday.

As many as 4,23,681 pilgrims had visited the cave shrine till Thursday evening, they said.

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