Leh Cloudburst Leaves Total Mess

By Arnab Ghosh, Gaea News Network
Saturday, August 7, 2010

LADAKH, INDIA (GaeaTimes.com)- The devastating cloudburst and resultant flash flood in Leh has claimed near about 112 lives and a lot of people could still be missing as sources have reported. The incident took place Thursday night and the residents of the mountain town and adjacent villages were caught completely unaware. The relief operations were hampered as thick slush covered the roads and snapped the telecommunication network severely. The police co operated with thousands of military personnel to rescue people trapped in their houses and under the debris in various places of the town.

It is a disaster that the residents have said had not taken place in the region in a long time. The picturesque region turned into a disaster zone after the cloudburst and flash flood. The buildings in the town have been devastated. Apart from the civilians 25 army jawans are also missing and the search is on to find the whereabouts. The rescue workers are saying that they are facing problem because of the thick layer of slush on the roads and everywhere. The disaster has made the government alert and relief material is being sent to the disaster struck town. However, the airport had to be close down for some time as the thick muddy water inundated the runway for some hours. The total damage to the property in Leh is huge.

The Leh Cloudburst is an unprecedented natural disaster in the region as the weather experts have said. The tourists in the area including some foreigners have become stranded. It is being expected that after the debris is cleared more dead bodies might be recovered.

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