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Friday, August 06, 2010 05:44:25 PM, Agencies
85 people were killed and another 350 injured in the flood in Leh
At least 50 people were killed and many more still missing in a series of cloudbursts that hit parts of this town ...... Read Full
Leh: At least 85 people were killed and another 350 injured when flash floods triggered by torrential rains struck this Himalayan town in Ladakh region, northeast of Jammu and Kashmir.
"We have recovered 85 bodies so far and about 350 are injured. The number of missing cannot be ascertained as yet," State Police Chief Kuldeep Khoda told PTI over phone from Srinagar.
Most major roads to Leh have been cut-off. Airport is flooded and several Army and security forces buildings are affected. All flights have been suspended and Army has been deployed for relief. The airport runway was made operational by afternoon to facilitate landing of aircraft carrying relief material and rescue teams.
According to information available, series of cloudburst took place in this Himalayan town located 424 kilometres from Srinagar and mainly hit Choglumsar area, 13-KM from here, where 50 bodies have been recovered so far, officials said.
Other areas along the Sindhu river were yet to be accessed and it was feared the human loss would be heavy. Many buildings were washed away in the heavy downpour, the officials said. Khoda also said the toll was likely to go up with a number of people reported missing.
State Chief Minister Omar Abdullah decided to fly to Leh to have an on-the-spot assessment of the situation. He has directed the civil and police administration to undertake relief and rescue work at war footing.
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