A flood alert had been issued for the region after the Jhelum crossed the danger mark. The area has also received heavy rainfall.
The Amarnath Yatra remains effectively suspended on Wednesday, with both the routes to the mountain shrine shut a day after a landslide that killed five and injured three. Security personnel are helping the pilgrims get to safe locations along the Baltal and Pahalgam routes. Leaders from across the political spectrum have expressed grief over the loss of lives in the landslide.
The Amarnath Yatra this year has seen multiple disruptions thanks to weather conditions and the threat of flooding in parts of Kashmir. On Tuesday, five were killed and three injured in a landslide between Railpatri and Brarimarg on the Baltal route to the mountain shrine.
Movement of pilgrims along the Pahalgam route has also been suspended for the time being. Officials have indicated that the routes may be opened only after the path has been cleared and safety inspections have been completed.
“Anguished beyond words on the loss of precious lives due to a landslide on the Baltal route of Shri Amarnathji Yatra. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and my prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured,” said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was among the earliest to offer condolences. “Tragic news of the deaths of Amarnath pilgrims due to a landslide. Condolences to the families of the deceased & best wishes for the speedy recovery of the injured,” he tweeted.