Woman pilgrim dies during Amarnath yatra

A 65-year-old woman pilgrim died en route to the 3,880 metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the ongoing yatra to 13, officials said.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 08, 2014, 18:17 PM IST

Srinagar: A 65-year-old woman pilgrim died en route to the 3,880 metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the ongoing yatra to 13, officials said.

Meera Bhai, a resident of Chennai, died after she suffered a massive heart attack at Panjtarni along the 45-km traditional Pahalgam route in Anantnag district, the officials said.

With her death, a total of 13 pilgrims had died, mostly of cardiac arrest, since the commencement of the 44-day yatra on June 28.

The officials said the yatra was going on smoothly from both the sides - Pahalgam route and the shortest 16-km Baltal route in Ganderbal district - and so far over 1.37 lakh pilgrims had paid their obeisance at the cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-shivlingam.