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Vaishno Devi Yatra Suspended Due To Forest Fire, Thousands Of Pilgrims Stranded

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| May 24 , 2018 , 11:58 IST

The annual pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, the ‘Vaishno Devi Yatra’ was suspended on Wednesday afternoon following major forest fire in the nearby Trikuta Hills. Around 35,000 pilgrims come for the yatra daily during the peak summer season. As per reports, the suspension of the yatra left around 10,000 pilgrims stranded at the Katra Base Camp.

Around 25,000 pilgrims had already registered and the shrine board said it had moved 3000 of them to safety near Himkoti Marg in Adhkuwari area.

Around 200 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force and the Shrine Board have been pressed in to control the raging fire.

Indian Air Force has deployed two MI-17 helicopters and a light utility helicopter to douse the fire.

Fortunately, no tourist or pilgrim has been reported injured or missing. Authorities say that the decision was taken keeping in mind the safety and security of the pilgrims.

Speaking to News World India, a police officer said, “The fire has been contained to a large extent. The yatra will be resumed only after it is completely put out for the safety of the yatris.”

As per IANS, the yatra remained suspended for the second day in a row. However, helicopter services have resumed.