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Two pilgrims die en route to Amarnath shrine, death toll now 14

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Two pilgrims died due to natural causes, taking the death toll in this year’s pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas to 14, police said today.

A woman pilgrim, Lakshmi Bhai (54), a resident of Hyderabad, died due to cardiac arrest at Baltal base camp of the Amarnath yatra in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir during the night, a police official said.

He said the body is lying at the base camp hospital.

Another pilgrim, Ravinder Nath (72), a resident of Andhra Pradesh, was taken ill and admitted to SKIMS hospital in Soura here. He passed away at the hospital today, the official said.

The death toll in this year’s yatra, which began on 28 June, has now risen to 14.

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