Srinagar, July 16: The death toll in the Amarnath Yatra bus accident rose to 16 on Sunday, confirmed the Jammu and Kashmir police. The Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were killed on Sunday as a bus, bearing registration number JK02Y 0594, carrying them fell off the road into Nashrana Nallah on Jammu-Srinagar highway. 35 others are reported to be injured in the accident that happened near Nachilana area in Ramban district. The bus was part of the official Amarnath Yatra convoy.

According to latest reports, the rescue operation by the Army is underway. The J&K police was quoted by a media report as saying that 19 injured have being airlifted for treatment and eight persons have suffered minor injuries. The officials also informed that the accident occurred at 1.45 p.m.

Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief on the incident. He posted, “Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in J&K. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. I pray that those injured in the bus accident in J&K recover soon.”

As per a report by Press Trust of India, the vehicle was carrying at least 46 people and fell into a gorge on the highway in Ramban district. According to CNN-News18, an Air Force chopper has been deployed to airlift those seriously injured. The report further claims that those seriously injured in the incident will be flown to Jammu for treatment.

A report in Greater Kashmir quotes an official as saying that a bus was heading towards Srinagar when it rolled down into a gorge near an army camp in Nachilana area of Banihal. He also added that the injured, who have been rescued, have been admitted to the hospital.

Earlier this week on July 10, seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were killed in a terror attack on their bus in Anantnag. The death toll rose to eight on Sunday after a woman succumbed to injured at a Srinagar hospital.

The annual Amarnath Yatra 2017 began on June 98. Over 2.30 lakh pilgrims have registered for the 40-day long yatra which started from the twin routes of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district. The yatra will culminate on August 7 and till now, over two lakh yatris have paid obeisance at the cave shrine.