Leh cloudburst causes extensive damage to private properties

A major cloudburst struck several villages in Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
Leh cloudburst causes extensive damage to private properties
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A major cloudburst struck several villages in Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. 

The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) along with personnel of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) rescued people including four foreign tourists, a police spokesperson said.

Sources said due to incessant rains in some parts of Leh, a cloudburst triggered in Saboo villages about 17 kilometres from Leh town. The villages were the worst affected in the 2010 cloudburst also.

Sources said no loss of life was reported. However, the flash floods and mudslides triggered by cloudburst damaged several houses and vehicles in the villages. 

They said the private property as well as some government structures were damaged in Shey, Stakmo, Chiling and Rumbak villages.

"Several houses, some guest houses, private vehicles and irrigation land were damaged by the landslides. While several link roads, foot bridges, water supply schemes were affected by the flash floods," sources said.

"The SDRF team along with other rescue teams from police and ITBP saved the people and cattle in these areas. Four foreign tourists were also evacuated to the safer place," the police spokesperson said.

Deputy commissioner Leh, Avny Lavasa said that administration deployed teams of SDRF to provide immediate relief to the affected. She said the emergency department was also monitoring the situation. 

She said the people from the affected villages "are shifted to safe places and the administration has set up rehabilitations camps, where they can live until the derbies from affected areas cleared." 

She advised the people not to be panicked "as everything is under control and closely monitored by the administration."

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