16/07/2017 5:38 PM IST | Updated 16/07/2017 5:39 PM IST

16 Amarnath Pilgrims Die As Bus Falls Into Gorge In Jammu And Kashmir

At least 30 injured.

Danish Ismail / Reuters
Hindu pilgrims arrive after visiting the Amarnath cave shrine where they worship an ice stalagmite that Hindus believe to be the symbol of Lord Shiva, in Pahalgam town in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.

Ramban/Jammu-- At least 16 Amarnath pilgrims were killed and around 30 injured when a bus skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and rolled down into a deep nullah in the Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir today, officials said.

The bus carrying pilgrims skidded off the road, turned turtle and rolled down into the nullah at Nachlana belt of Ramban late this afternoon, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ramban, Mohan Lal said.

According to police officials, 16 persons were killed and around 30 were injured in the accident.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed pain at the loss of lives of Amarnath pilgrims in a bus accident in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in J&K," he tweeted.