DEHRADUN: As many as 119 pilgrims from across the country lost their lives due to harsh climatic conditions, tough terrain and co-morbid illnesses in the first 45 days of Char Dham yatra in Uttarakhand since it commenced on April 22. While around 20 lakh pilgrims have visited the shrines, nearly 2.1 lakh have received treatment provided by the health department.
This year, rain and snow continued to lash the Himalayan shrine towns till May, leading to extreme cold conditions, making cardiac arrest and pulmonary issues top causes for the casualties.
As per the figures, till Monday, 58 pilgrims had died during the Kedarnath yatra. Data accessed by TOI shows pilgrims who lost their lives mostly came from Bengal, Maharashtra, UP, MP and Gujarat.
Over 2,500 pilgrims were provided oxygen when they faced difficulty in breathing as they trekked to reach the shrine nestled at 11,775 ft.

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