Flash floods kill 18, injure over 300 in Leh

August 6th, 2010 - 10:25 am ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Aug 6 (IANS) Flash floods triggered by a massive cloudburst have killed 18 people and injured over 300 in Leh town of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir, police said Friday.
Reports reaching here said a massive cloudburst struck the town around midnight Thursday, triggering flash floods and mud slides.

A polytechnic college, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) headquarters, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) camp, many government offices and houses have been damaged.

As many as 4,000 army men have launched a massive relief and rescue operation.

Over 160 injured people have been admitted to the army hospital.

All communication in the town has been disrupted and authorities are finding it very difficult to reach administration officials there.

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