Vaishnodevi pilgrimage suspended, landslide claims 5 lives

Jammu: The Vaishnodevi pilgrimage was today suspended following landslides triggered by heavy rain in Jammu and Kashmir, even as a 10-year-old boy injured yesterday succumbed to injuries, taking the toll in the mishaps due to inclement weather to five.

"The pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Vaishnodevi was suspended after a landslide triggered by the ongoing rainfall hit Ban Ganga area situated on the tracks of the shrine," Additional SP, Reasi, Sanjay Rana said.

He said the police and the Shrine Board authorities were monitoring the situation and would allow the pilgrimage after the weather improves.

"We are waiting for the rains to stop. The decision to allow the Yatra to proceed will be taken only after the weather improves," Rana said.

Meanwhile a boy, who was injured on the track of the cave shrine after he was hit by a falling object, breathed his last yesterday.