New Delhi: As many as 17 pilgrims dies en route to the Char Dham Yatra in 19 days. 16 out of these have died due to the cardiac arrest. The Pilgrims are blaming poor medical facilities provided by the Uttarakhand government. The administration is telling that the pilgrims, especially the elderly, don't adhere properly to the dos and don'ts of the Yatra.
Most die either because of hypothermia (a condition where death is caused because of abnormally low temperature) or due to hypoxemia, caused because of poor concentration of oxygen in blood.
The number of pilgrims for the annual 'Char Dham Yatra' has significantly increased in 2017, an official of the Uttarakhand government said on Wednesday.
Post the 2013 flash floods that killed thousands, the pilgrimage had evoked lukewarm response over the past few years.
The natural calamity had left the pilgrims worried about their safety. Those who braved the odds found the new route tough and the roads in poor shape, deterring many.
However, in 2017, there has been a turnaround and in the first ten days alone, 2.21 lakh pilgrims have already visited the Badrinath-Kedarnath shrines, the official said.
Of these 1,23,285 have visited the Badrinath shrine, the seat of Lord Vishnu and 97,815 have paid obeisance at the Kedarnath shrine, which is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga's in the country.
In the last two days, around 10,000 pilgrims visited Kedarnath shrine from Rudraprayag, while 7,000 trekked to the shrine from Gaurikund.
News24Bureau with IANS inputs