Three pilgrims died en route to the 3,880 metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, taking the death toll in the ongoing yatra to 88, officials said on Thursday.
Two more pilgrims died on Tuesday en route to the 3,880-metre high Amarnath cave shrine where the pilgrim footfall touched the five lakh mark.
15 persons were killed and 18 injured when a bus ferrying Amarnath pilgrims from Kashmir Valley plunged into a 300-feet deep gorge on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
Six pilgrims died on way to the Amarnath cave, even as the number of yatris who had `darshan` of the naturally formed ice-shivlingam at the 3,880 metre high cave shrine crossed 4.5 lakh on Saturday, officials said.
Five more devotees died due to cardiac arrest at Pahalgam and Baltal base camps pushing the death toll in the ongoing annual Amarnath pilgrimage to 19.
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