In the rescue operation, along with all the agencies related to disaster management, the Quick Reaction Teams of the Infantry Battalion of the Army have also been deployed. The additional company of the Rashtriya Rifle Sector and the team of Special Forces are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, which is helping in the search of the missing. On the other hand, T Raja Singh, BJP MLA from Telangana, narrowly escaped with the family.
Singh told that he had reached Amarnath in a helicopter with the family. Seeing the bad weather, he decided to move on from Pony. Outside the cave he saw a huge stream of water after the rain. Many tents were washed away with it in the strong current.
An army official said rescue dog squads including hand-held thermal imagers, night vision equipment, through-wall radars have also been pressed into service near the Amarnath cave. Despite the challenge of the weather, the rescue operation was continued throughout the night on Friday. Thermal imagers are proving to be helpful in locating the people buried under the rubble. However, the search for missing people among the huge rocks and boulders is extremely challenging.
Army, BSF administration helicopters landed in the operation
Army and BSF helicopters got involved in the rescue operation since Saturday morning. The injured are being transported to Nilgar by army helicopter. At the same time, Mi-17 helicopter of BSF Air Wing has also been landed in the rescue operation. The Jammu and Kashmir administration has deployed Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) in the rescue operation.
The death toll will be known only after the debris is removed: ADGP
Vijay Kumar, Additional Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, who arrived at the Amarnath accident site on Saturday, said that the debris is being cleared. The exact number of dead will be known only after the debris is removed. He said that in view of the threat of terrorist attacks, this time all passengers have been given Radio Frequency Identification Cards. The data related to this is also being seen.