Jammu/Srinagar: The extreme weather and low levels of oxygen are creating havoc for the Amaranth pilgrims. Since the Amaranth Shrine pilgrimage started on June 29, 59 people have lost their lives.

Alarmed with two more deaths on Friday, the Amaranth Shrine Board (ASB) has issued an advisory for the pilgrims to travel only if they are in the best of health.

In the 42 days of the pilgrimage, 3.75 lakh pilgrims have already completed the journey. According to the administration, 10,968 pilgrims set off for the 42 kilometres traditional Pahalgam route while 5245 pilgrims started off from the Baltal route on Friday.

Raj Kumar Goyal, Chief Executive Officer, ASB told, “The deaths have been due to heart ailments thus all those with heart ailments, breathlessness or bones related illnesses should not come for the pilgrimage.”

He has advised the pilgrims to travel with some necessary medicines including Combiflam, Moov, Disprin and get their checkup done at the nearest medical camps.

(JPN/Bureau)