August 6, 2010 by Post Team 

CloudburstCloudburst, About 80 people die and more than 300 wounded on the night of flash floods due to the cloud of explosion near the town of Leh. The death toll is likely to increase. The buildings of the district hospital in Leh, Kashmir Radio and BSNL have been completely damaged due to mudslides. “69 bodies were recovered to 12.30 hours.

death toll is likely to increase. All communication lines broke and we are receiving information through mobile messages, “said a senior police HT by telephone from Srinagar.

An army spokesman said that 6,000 of its staff is dedicated to the relief operation and rescue helicopters had been put into service as the foot movement was extremely difficult due to landslides and flash floods. Army and CRPF are helping local government to clear the area.

Police said 100 shops and 50 houses have been damaged in the heart of the city.

BSNL services have broken their communication towers were also affected by flash floods. Power has also been affected

tents and free rations were being prepared for victims.

The report was cloudburst on the night of Thursday at Choglum Sar, near the town of Leh. the city of Leh particular bus stop was hit by floods. Most office buildings are around the bus stand area.

“At night the area was hit by mudslides. The people raised the alarm and could barely go out and get to safety. A number of houses is submerged in water and mudslides,” said Abdul Latif, a worker who works in Leh, HT over the phone from Leh.

Leh has been completely isolated from the rest of the country as the airport has been completely flooded and damaged roads.

Administration has insisted on heavy machinery to remove the mud and clean the area.

Leh, situated at 3524 meters above sea level, spans 45 110 square kilometers and has the largest city and 12 surrounding villages.

(With agency inputs)

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