Amarnath: Pilgrim die at Baltal, toll rises to 15
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Amarnath: Pilgrim die at Baltal, toll rises to 15

A pilgrim from Punjab died due to brain hemorrhage at Baltal, base camp of holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, official sources said.

They said a pilgrim identified as Gurman Singh, son of Gurtal Singh, resident of Punjab suffered a massive brain hemorrhage at Baltal base camp in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal early Monday morning. However, he was immediately rushed to medical camp where he was declared dead.

Earlier, on Sunday itself other two pilgrims, Lakshmi Bai from Telengana and Ravinder Nath from Andhra Pradesh, died of natural causes. Official sources said that a woman, identified as Lakshmi Bai, a resident of Telangana, complained of chest pain at the Baltal base camp on Sunday morning. "She was immediately taken to a medical centre, where she died of cardiac arrest," they added.

Another pilgrim -- Ravinder Nath, a resident of Andhra Pradesh -- was admitted to S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura after he fell ill. However, Nath passed away in the hospital on Sunday.

With this a total of 15 worshippers have died due to health reasons and accidents during the first 12 days of 60-day-long Amarnath Yatra which commenced from June 28 from both shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam tracks. The annual pilgrimage was intermittently affected due to landslides and slippery road conditions following rain. (UNI)