Dehradun, May 16: The death toll of pilgrims in the Char Dham Yatra 2022 climbed to 39 as eight more devotees lost their lives in the last two days during the sacred pilgrimage in the high altitude state of Uttarakhand.
The officials have said that high blood pressure, heart attack and mountain sickness were the major reason for the demise of the pilgrims.
“Most of the deaths of all the pilgrims have taken place on the travel routes. The cause of death of all has been high blood pressure, heart attack, and mountain sickness,” Uttarakhand Director-General Health, Dr Shailja Bhatt said while addressing the media.
Dr Bhatt also said informed that health checkup camps have been set up at various points on the travel routes of the pilgrims except for Rishikesh.
“Health screening of passengers has been started at Rishikesh ISBT registration site. A health screening camp has been set up at Pandukeshwar for the pilgrims of Dobata and Hina and Badrinath Dham on the Yatra route of Yamunotri and Gangotri respectively.” Informed Dr Bhatt.
The health official also said that the pilgrims who are found to have any physical illness, are being advised to rest or resume the journey only after becoming fit for health.
Notably, the annual Char Dham Yatra began with the opening of Gangotri and Yamunotri portals for devotees on May 3, on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya in the presence of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. While Kedarnath re-opened on May 6, the doors of Badrinath opened on May 8.