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Old 6th August 2010, 08:50   #1
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Default Leh cloud burst! Flash floods kill 44; Leh completely cut off

Breaking news of heavy flooding in Leh town today morning. The airport is also cut off from the town.!!

Many people from the forum are touring or planning to tour Leh area - use caution!!

Hope all is well with T-BHP members.

Cloudbursts take 14 lives in Leh

Covered by almost all TV channels
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Old 6th August 2010, 09:20   #2
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The latest I saw was 100 people dead [NDTV], the complete city is almost a river, BSNL office and city hospital area is most affected.

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The last I saw on NDTV was 100 people dead and even the main petrol pump flooded.
People who plan to visit the area in near future, please take care and plan accordingly.
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OMG, this is scary. Something that I hadn't even considered to be a remote possibility in Leh!
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Thats bad! am afraid the casualty will be more then 100 but lets hope its not...
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Manali Leh highway has been closed due to the cloud burst. Any T-BHPians doing a Leh ladkah trip this time? Hope all is well with them.
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Cloud bursts roughly means more than 100 cm of rain an hour. In reality that's heavier than we can possibly imagine.

There must be loads of tourists in Leh now. Hope things come under control soon.
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Its really bad. As per now both ways Kargil - Leh and Manali - lah closed. BSNL network down. Hope none of Team-Bhp members stuck there.
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Default Flash floods kill 44; Leh completely cut off

A series of cloudbursts have left 44 persons dead and over 300 injured in the frontier Leh town of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir [ Images ] on Friday.

An army spokesman in Srinagar [ Images ] said 6,000 army troopers have been rushed to the ravaged area for rescue and relief efforts.

"Army helicopters are engaged in the rescue mission as pedestrian movement in Leh town is impossible due to massive land and mudslides triggered by the bursts and flash floods that followed," Lieutenant Colonel J S Brar told rediff.com.

A senior police officer said massive cloudbursts struck the town at approximately midnight, triggering flash floods and mudslides. So far, 44 bodies have been recovered from the debris and over 200 injured victims have been rushed to the hospital for treatment.

He said the state-owned BSNL headquarters, along with its installations at Leh, were completely destroyed, causing total disruption of the communication network.

"The old and new bus stands, scores of houses, an Indo-Tibetan border police camp, a central reserve police force camp, a police camp and a government polytechnic have been extensively damaged in the flash floods and mudslides in Leh town," a senior police officer said.

He said hundreds of jawans of the state police have also joined the relief and rescue operations in the town.

Source : Rediff.com

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Hope no t-bhpians in that area at this time
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Sad news. Hope the casualities don't increase and normalcy comes back quickly.
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Thats scary. Hope everything settles down to normal soon.

Hvk sir - Any tbhpians out there ?
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Very scary and alarming. Leh town normally falls in the Cloud Shadow area. This means the rain bearing clouds give it a miss most of the times. But a cloud burst at Leh and to add to the woes, it is flooded. Hope the Mud Palace didn't suffer any damage..
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TV channels reporting 59 dead, over 200 injured, and 10,000 people stuck in Leh. Both highways to Kargil and Manali have been cut off, and the airport is out of operation. Some visuals have come through courtesy Doordarshan, and are being repeated by others like CNN-IBN, TimesNow, Star News etc. The bulk of the damage is reported to be in the Old Bus Stand area.
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Very sad to hear this. Hope none of our bhpian's in the casualty. Leh was one of the place "Been there done that" kind of for most of us. Being there with family last year almost similiar time, I still have those memories not too far away from my mind.

My hearty condolsences.

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Just spoke briefly to an army guy we know in Leh. The condition there is really bad. The low lying areas have been totally engulfed by mud slides . Though the water has receded but it has left behind mud & slime that has turned into kind of quick sand.

NH1D at Leh is under a foot of mud as of now, making vehicular traffic impossible.

He couldnt talk more as they have loads of work to do.

I also have a friend visiting Leh right now but could not get through him. Hope he with the rest others visiting or staying in Leh are safe.

May the departed souls RIP. Such are the ways of Nature!!!
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