Leh Flood : Toll rises to 115, Rain hinders rescue operations

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    Gentlemen, this is serious.

    At least 50 Flash flood kills more than 50 in Leh

    Fri Aug 06 2010, 08:52 hrs

    More than 50 people were killed and many more still missing in a series of cloudbursts that hit parts of this town during the night. The toll is feared to go up drastically.

    According to information available, series of cloudburst took place in this Himalayan town located 424 kilometres from Srinagar and mainly hit Choglumsar area, 13-KM from here, where 50 bodies have been recovered so far, officials said.

    Major roads to Leh have been cut-off and the Kargil-Leh highway has been partially damaged. The runway of the civil airport had been cut off with the rest of the country as the runway was damaged at various places and several Army and security forces buildings are affected. All flights have been suspended.

    IAF is conducting aerial sorties to assess damage while helicopters are on standby in Kargil, Thoise and Chandigarh.

    The Army has been deployed for relief operations and the injured people are shifted to the local Army base hospital for treatment.

    "We are expecting more bodies and the actual damage will be known only after the water receded," a senior official said.

    The communication system with th area had been badly affected because of the cloudburst which was accompanied by heavy rains.

    Other areas along the Sindhu river were yet to be accessed and it was feared the human loss would be heavy. Many buildings were washed away in the heavy downpour, the officials said. (With PTI inputs)
     
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    Rip to them

    god give them there shadow
     
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    Rest in Peace to the Departed Soul, May almighty give their family the strength to overcome this hours of trauma.
     
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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...-113-dead-500-missing/articleshow/6267909.cms

    Cloudbursts ravage Leh: 113 dead, 500 missing
    Sanjay Dutta, TNN, Aug 7, 2010, 01.10am IST

    NEW DELHI: Amid the mounting death and debris of Choglamsar village -- located 5 km from Leh and a bustling settlement of Ladakhis and Tibetan refugees -- that has borne the major burnt in the massive mudslide sparked by Friday's cloudburst, comes stories of miraculous escapes bordering on divine intervention.

    According to sources in Leh that ToI was able to contact through defence sources, the wife of an Indo-Tibet Border Police officer was found alive after being swept away by the slithering mass of mud. Another officer's child was saved by a sofa in their quarters. She was found under the furniture that saved her from being smothered.

    Sources said the situation could have been worse but for the rumbling of the slithering mass of mud -- akin to cold lava -- and screams of people warning people in the defence settlements dotting the plains. Many in the defence establishment managed to escape nature's wrath since the slithering mass of mud did not gush like a stream of water, and the preceding rumbling gave some precious time to the people in the lower reaches to beat an hasty retreat.

    Sources expected the Leh-Manali road to be opened in a couple of days as heavy earth-moving equipment, called JCB by
    the defence establishment, have been pressed into service. "Once the slush and big boulders are cleared, trucks can start moving even if the surface is strewn with small rocks or streams," a source said. Indeed, fjording streams of snow-melt is a norm rather than exception for truckers in this part of the world.

    The urgency to get the road opened -- one of the two lifelines for Ladakh -- is understandable. First, material for relief and reconstruction has to be moved in quickly. Second, this is the time when food, fuel and military supplies for the entire year have to be moved in before the passes get inaccessible due to heavy snow. Troops, too, are replaced around this time, with fresh Army and paramiliatry units relieving those who had done their stint through the hostile winter. Any loss of time due to slides can prove to be costly.

    Unconfirmed reports said the airport could be operational by Saturday, at least for military planes or choppers. But, BSNL's telephone exchange, in all liklihood, has to be rebuilt. Its transmitter has been damaged badly as it was on a slope outside Leh.

    Restoration of power supply, too, will take time as the Stakna hydel plant is believed to have been choked by silt. While Leh could still get some power in the evening from the diesel generating station, the fate of a similar plant at Choglamsar remains uncertain.

    Villagers living in the upper reaches were not so lucky as they bore the full impact of the sliding pile of mud and rocks, living as they were in mudhouses built cheek-by-jowl.

    There is a patch of land -- 500 m long and 300 m wide -- near this village, about 15 minutes' drive on the road to Manali that has completely been overrun by mud that appears like mortar. This was where most of the Choglamsar village stood. The area is a plateau, with rising hills to its north and west. The wind-swept plain gently slopes towards the Indus that flows in a reverse arc towards its east and south. The road to Manali runs right through the middle of this patch of land, which at many places appears like a desert.

    But this openness is deceptive. The surrounding hills and the depressions in the ground -- making it extremely difficult to figure out the locations of man-made structures -- give the place the character of a very wide bowl, or more aptly the bed of a sauacepan.

    Contrary to popular perception, the unprecedented cloudburst did not trigger flood. Mountains in the dry, cold desert of Ladakh are made of rocks stuck in loose, sandy formations. Concentrated rains, thus, immediately turn them into mortar which then slithers down as a rumbling mass of cold lava and obliterates anything that comes in its way. Once the mass settles after exhausting its momentum, the water locked in the mortar and blocked behind the mass breaks free into gushing streams.
     
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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...F-team-doctors-to-Leh/articleshow/6267949.cms

    Centre rushes NDRF team, doctors to Leh
    TNN, Aug 7, 2010, 01.23am IST

    NEW DELHI: The Centre is rushing a 140-member team of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) along with doctors and paramedical staff in an IL-76 IAF aircraft to Leh for relief and rescue operations.

    Massive rescue operations are, meanwhile, underway involving the state police, paramilitary personnel and the Army in Leh town where cloudbursts left a trail of death and destruction.

    A senior home ministry official said, "Six thousand Army and ITBP personnel fully acclimatised to the atmosphere in Leh are there and they are engaged in rescue operations."

    The district hospital and two buildings housing offices of the Union home ministry were also affected. All commercial flights from Delhi to Leh were cancelled.

    The official said many civilians, including foreign tourists, were stranded at various places and efforts were on to rescue them. He said the affected areas stretched from Pang village on Rohtang-Leh highway upto Nimmu on Leh-Srinagar highway, a distance of more than 150 km.

    IAF has, meanwhile, opened a disaster management cell at Chandigarh, consisting of three senior officers including medical officers.

    Tents capable of use at high altitudes are also being dispatched. It is proposed to dispatch as many as 250 of these (with a capacity of 10-12 persons). A medical team consisting of seven doctors (and possibly four nurses) are also being dispatched by the same aircraft.

    "Dispatch of some basic telecom equipment and a few personnel is also being organised so as to facilitate earliest restoration of BSNL connectivity. Directions have been issued to ITBP field formation at Leh to extend all necessary assistance to the civil administration in relief and rescue operations including supply of pre-fabricated shelters and ready to eat food," a home ministry statement said.

    ITBP troops have converted their 121-bed barracks into a temporary camp and are using its auditorium as a disaster ward for flood victims. "ITBP men have pulled out 101 people, including 15 dead, from the debris," an ITBP officer said. More than 200 injured were provided medical aid, while over 260 homeless were accommodated in ITBP barracks, he added.

    Relief and rescue teams of the force are presently not using cranes and other heavy machinery to dig out bodies or survivors from the debris, the officer said. The flow of mud, debris and slush had washed away an area of about 500 metres long and 300 metres wide at Choglumsar village, he added.
     
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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ranchos-school-washed-away/articleshow/6267901.cms

    Rancho's school washed away
    Ajay Sura, TNN, Aug 7, 2010, 01.05am IST

    CHANDIGARH: The school made popular by the runaway hit '3 Idiots' has fallen victim to the ferocity of floods and mudslides that devastated a wide swath around Leh. Druk Pema School, 15 km from Leh town on the Leh-Manali highway, popular as Rancho's school after Aamir Khan's character in the film, was virtually washed away after two cloudbursts led to flash floods in the region on Friday. All 190 students in the school were evacuated.

    The swirling waters washed away its furniture and the visitors' book where the actor had written about the school.

    Army sources confirmed the huge loss to the school known for its architecture and meant to educate deprived children of Ladakh region.

    During the film crew's visit, Aamir Khan wrote in the school visitor book on September 15, 2008: "What a wonderful school. The kids seem very happy, and such a great location. Keep up the good work. Regards, Aamir."

    The school came into limelight after '3 Idiots' hero Rancho disappeared and was tracked down by his former classmates to Ladakh. They found that it was here that all his dreams and inventions were being brought to life.

    A film crew of about 130 people had descended on the school for a three-day shoot. They auditioned the students, selected a couple of boys for small roles and a large group to take part in the crowd scene when the stars arrived at the school.

    Inspired by the vision of His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, spiritual leader of Ladakh, the school aimed to provide a modern education for Ladakhi children -- an education grounded in their own culture and which could prepare them to lead happy and productive lives.

    The school was started at the request of the people of Ladakh who wanted an institution that would help maintain their rich cultural traditions, based on Tibetan Buddhism, while equipping their children for a life in the 21st century.

    Residential blocks allow children from Ladakh's remote areas to attend and a programme of sponsorship ensures that the poorest are not excluded. It is managed by the Druk Pema Karpo Educational Society and funded by international aid.
     
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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...per-rescue-operations/articleshow/6269690.cms

    Leh flash floods: Rains hamper rescue operations
    IANS, Aug 7, 2010, 11.05am IST

    SRINAGAR: Heavy rains and bad weather on Saturday morning forced authorities to suspend rescue and relief work in Jammu and Kashmir's Leh town where at least 115 people were killed and over 300 injured in massive flash floods triggered by a cloudburst.

    So far, 115 dead bodies have been recovered and the injured are being treated in hospitals. Nearly 100 others, including 25 army soldiers, are missing in the unprecedented cloudburst that hit the town early Friday.

    "Heavy rains have forced us to suspend the rescue operations in Leh town.

    "The moment weather improves, the rescue and relief operations would be restarted," said a senior official here.

    Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who visited Leh on Friday, has sanctioned Rs.5 crore immediately for relief to victims. Omar flew to Leh after the runway at the airport there was restored. The runway had been inundated due to the flood waters and mud slushes.

    President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Governor N N Vohra have expressed grief and sorrow at the loss of human lives and assured all possible help.

    The police have set up tented accommodation for 2,000 victims in Choglamsar village and Leh town where free meals are being served to the people.

    Over 6,000 army men and soldiers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are involved in the massive relief and rescue operation and are assisting the local administration.

    Army and Indian Air Force helicopters have also been pressed into service.

    Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is to visit Leh on Saturday along with a team of doctors and paramedics.

    According to latest reports from Leh, Azad's arrival had been delayed due to the bad weather.

    The cloudburst, flash floods and mudslides that hit Leh town around midnight Friday washed away concrete structures including government offices, paramilitary camps and residential homes.

    Among the worst hit are the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), many local hotels and shops.

    The headquarters of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam limited (BSNL), a government polytechnic, ITBP camp, CRPF camp, some government offices, main transmitter of All India Radio Leh and residential homes have been extensively damaged by the flash floods.

    The general manager of BSNL said that according to preliminary estimates the corporation has suffered a loss of around Rs.12 crore because of damage to its equipment.

    The damage to the BSNL headquarters led to communications being completely disrupted in Leh town.

    Another service provider, Airtel whose network is still operating in Leh has issued SIM cards to the local administration for setting up helplines.

    State Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora, who belongs to Ladakh region, is camping in Leh to supervise relief and rescue operations.

    Leh is 434 km away from Srinagar and 474 km from Manali in Himachal Pradesh, to which it is connected through an alternative highway.

    The cloudbursts occurred at Choglamsar village, which is situated at the top of Leh town.

    Hundreds of locals waded through four feet deep mud to rush to higher reaches as mudslides and flash floods inundated low lying areas in the town.

    Situated at 3,524 m above sea level, Leh town is spread over 45,110 sq. km, and comprises the main town and 12 adjacent villages.
     
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    Hope this Cloud Burst was not due to the solar tsunami that happened few days back . Let their souls rest in peace.
     
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    a heartfelt condolences to the families of dead and to the jawans who gt martyr.....=sad
     
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    RIP. The casualties are too high. More than usual for cloudbursts.
     
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    There was some news that valley people are blockading the srinagar leh highway thats why its becoming late to help reach to the flood affected people in leh.
     
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    Will our english MSM make any squeak on this....i bet no...coz they are closet jehadi supporters.

    After Kashmir, tanker operators suspend supplies to Ladakh
    25 drivers, cleaners beaten up; 16 vehicles damaged


    By Gopal Sharma

    JAMMU, Aug 5: While the oil tanker operators continued to suspend supplies of diesel and petrol to Kashmir valley on the third consecutive day, the operators union today announced its decision to snap supplies to Ladakh region too, from today onwards after a violent mob attacked convoy of tankers coming from Kargil in Srinagar city last evening, beat up over two dozen drivers and cleaners and damaged 16 vehicles.

    These hapless drivers and cleaners who arrived in the winter capital here today revealed the incident which took place near HMT Chowk and Pantha Chowk in between 6 pm and 6.30 pm in Srinagar. The victims alleged that they reached Jammu during early hours today and received severe injuries. Two of them including Balwant Singh, son of Harnam Singh of Jammu, cleaner of tanker No. JK02X/ 8575 have received fractures in arms. Eye of driver Sonu Kumar of tanker No. JK02G/912 was damaged as a broken piece of glass pierced through it.

    They reported the matter to their Union office Narwal in Jammu here today where the president J&K Petrol Tanker Owners Association, Anan Sharma and Oil Tanker Operators Union chief Ranjit Singh announced their decision to suspend supplies to Kargil and Leh districts too. They said the supplies to Kashmir valley have already been suspended for the indefinite period while no tanker will operate for Ladakh region from today onwards till the Government assured full security cover to the tankers and drivers/ cleaners and ensures compensation to the victims and tanker owners whose vehicles were damaged in violence in Kashmir.

    The victims, who were produced before the media by the Union members, disclosed that they were returning from Kargil after off loading petrol, diesel and kerosene oil. Four vehicles of security personnel were escorting them. When they reached near HMT Chowk, a large mob appeared on the main road at around 6.10 pm. While the security vehicles disappeared from the scene they were made sacrificial goats and the mob started stonning on all the vehicles. Many drivers and cleaners were dragged out, way laid and beaten up. They were abused and warned to be burnt alongwith tankers if they dared to come again to Kashmir.

    They said they faced the wrath of agitating Kashmiris for about half an hour and no securitymen were found nearby to protect them. The wind screen and window panes of many vehicles were smashed. Lights of many vehicles were damaged and drivers had to face lot of problems as they had to drive up to Jammu in darkness during night without lights. The victims claimed that they will not move even an inch as they can’t operate at the cost of their lives. Moreover, security personnel deserted them when they were trapped from all the sides at Srinagar.

    Anan Sharma said that over 200 oil tankers have been damaged so far in Kashmir in past 15 days. There are nearly 1560 oil tankers in the State and about 250 to 300 are operating per day between Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions. He said they have no problem in operating up to Banihal and supplies to Doda-Kishtwar, Rajouri and Poonch are going on smoothly. Compensation is the first demand and full security cover is the second. There will not be any compromise on the security of the vehicles and operators. He disclosed that over 30 tankers were stranded near Kangan this evening as they were returning from Ladakh and not allowed to move ahead by police.

    Responding to a question, Mr Sharma said nearly 350 loaded tankers are held up at Jeevan depot of Bharat Petroleum and Indian Oil Corporation for the last several days. Nearly 700 drivers, cleaners and helpers are struck there and facing starvation in view of curfew. There is no arrangement of food for them from Administration’s side. The workers of the companies at depot have abandoned and refused to off load the tankers. "These people be helped and allowed to move back under security cover. These vehicles are losing Rs 3000 per day and for the last 5-6 days they have suffered huge losses," he said.

    Minister for Transport and CAPD Qamar Ali Akhoon, when contacted, said that Government has taken serious note of last evening’s incident near HMT Chowk. He said highway security has already been handed over to the Army. There should not be any problem on the highway as the vehicles reached safe from Kargil and even from Awantipura to Jammu. He admitted that there was problem going on for the last several weeks in Srinagar and even anybody including securitymen can fall victim to the violent mob. He said in a high level meeting held at Srinagar today, the Divisional and District administrations have been directed to provide full security cover to the supplies to be transported. Yesterday’s incident also came under discussion.

    He said the Divisional Commissioner Jammu, DC and IGP were directed to hold dialogue with the Tanker Operator Unions and ensure them security. He said all the tankers and the operators injured in the incidents will be compensated by Government. They should return to operation and face this challenge by coming to the support of Government. In reply to a question, he claimed that fuel supplies in Kashmir were sufficient for at least one month.

    Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Nasima Lankar, was not available for comments. Divisional Commissioner Jammu Dr Pawan Kotwal however, maintained that he alongwith IGP Jammu Ashok Gupta will hold meeting with the office bearers of the Oil Tankers Union tomorrow. He termed last evening’s incident as unfortunate and said that security of the tankers moving to Valley is being enhanced and all of them who have suffered damages or injuries during operation in Valley in last one month or so will be compensated. It has already been decided by the Government.

    Dr Kotwal further said that out of over 300 vehicles stranded at Jeevan Depot of BPCL and IOC in Srinagar, 58 were off loaded today as the administration persuaded the workers to resume their duties. A meeting was also held with the Oil Companies officials at Srinagar today and by tomorrow, all the tankers will be cleared. He said there was problem in transportation of fuel to Jeevan depots while there was not much problem at Pampore depot of HPCL. He said type of fuel is being carried by each tanker including diesel, petrol, kerosene and aircrafts fuel. He said supplies to Leh were also being carried through Manali route but in view of Yatra, fuel is running short in some areas including Pahalgam.
     
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    When will those dumbf**ks stop their violence... Hypocracy at its best, they burn and destroy public property during a Crisis and blame security forces for being Violent...
     
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    Leh cloudburst: Rescuers search for missing, death toll 130

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/repor...ers-search-for-missing-death-toll-130_1420065

    Rescuers today pulled out more bodies trapped under the debris of the town devastated by cloudburst in which the toll has gone up to 130 even as relief teams tried to access far-flung villages in this high-altitude terrain to search for 600 others missing.

    A transport aircraft of the IAF carrying relief material, including blankets, dry food material, medicine and other immediate requirements of the affected people landed at Leh, a defence spokesperson said.

    He said the armed forces have launched massive rescue and relief operations for the victims of the devastating cloudburst here.

    "We have recovered 130 bodies so far and at least 370 are injured. The number of missing is yet to be ascertained," state police chief Kuldeep Khoda said, adding the toll may go up.

    Sources fear that the death toll could cross over 500 as several remote villages were yet to be accessed by rescue teams.

    A small village before Choglumsur, which bore the brunt of the incessant rains, was completely wiped out as rescue workers were looking for survivors in the mud slush and debris.

    Over 200 people were still reported to be missing from Choglumsar, 13km from here.

    A contractor told senior state administration officials that 150 labourers employed by him were missing from Shyong village where he had lodged them. The colony was set up along Indus river and the officials feared that many huts would have been washed away in the flash floods.

    The Army has been asked to give an account of local and outstation labourers.

    Authorities said that the Army had suffered losses in Turtuk area. Some of the villages along the Chang La pass, world's second highest motorable road, were also believed to have been washed away in the torrential rains.

    Union minister Farooq Abdullah reached the area this morning from Kashmir. Later two of his cabinet colleagues --Ghulam Nabi Azad and Prithviraj Chavan -- also reached Leh after making an earlier unsuccessful attempt to land.

    Chief minister Omar Abdullah had yesterday visited the affected areas and made an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

    Army spokesperson Colonel JS Brar said that rescue operations which had slowed down due to heavy rains have picked up again.

    Police, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) and civil administration are collectively involved in the rescue operation.

    "Police and ITBP have established camps in the affected area. Civil administration is helping to its maximum," Brar said.

    "Among the injured, 300 have been treated. The other injured are treated in army hospital. The 31 Army jawans missing haven't still been located. We found a body," he said.
     
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    Army, IAF bring succour to devastated Leh | TwoCircles.net

    By IANS,

    New Delhi/Leh: Six Indian Air Force (IAF) planes landed Saturday in devastated Leh town in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region with men and material to carry out rescue and relief operations after flash floods triggered by a massive cloudburst killed 120 people.

    The Indian Army has also activated its disaster management cell for rescue operations on a war footing since the tragedy hit the cold desert mountainous region located at an altitude of 3,505 metres.

    Heavy rainfall disrupted the operations for a few hours Saturday. More than 6,000 army soldiers are conducting rescue and relief work in the region that shares its borders with China.

    While the priority of the relief operations of the army is on saving lives and property, soldiers are also providing succour to the affected with food, drinking water, medicines. Bulldozers and other earth moving equipment of the army were pressed into service to clear the mudslide.

    Leh airport, affected in the mud slide, was opened Saturday and six planes of the IAF carrying disaster response teams, doctors, communications equipment and material took off from Delhi and Chandigarh.

    A defence spokesperson said the rescue and relief operations "received a major boost with the arrival of six plane loads of men and material augmented".

    Two Ilyushin-76 and four Antonov-32 aircraft of the IAF carried 30 tonnes of load, which include 125 rescue and relief personnel, medicines, generators, tents, portable X-ray machines and emergency rescue kits.

    Two teams from the central ministry of health and family welfare, including specialist doctors and surgeons from Delhi, also reached Leh.

    The spokesman said 110 bodies were been recovered from debris.

    From Western Command Headquarters in Chandigarh, 4,000 ready-to-eat food packets were sent to Leh.

    A MI-17 helicopter had been pressed into service to carry out relief operations in Nubra Valley since Friday when the disaster struck, while two more Chetak helicopters have been provided to the civil administration for aerial recce of affected areas.

    Some 33 columns of the army and personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police have been deployed in the affected areas to carry out rescue operations, the spokesperson said.

    "So far, more than 500 injured civilians and tourists have been treated at the military hospital at Leh and about 100 discharged after treatment. As a special gesture, the IAF has agreed to carry bodies of foreign tourists and non-locals to Delhi if no civilian flights are available from Leh," he said.

    The tri-service Disaster Management Coordination Group, which met at South Block Saturday morning, reviewed the progress in rescue and relief operations and decided to earmark special service aircraft to carry 19 VSATs and a set of other equipment of BSNL to Leh. This is being done to help restore mobile and telecom connectivity at the earliest.

    In the meantime, two INMARSAT mobile phones have been provided to Leh district administration for meeting immediate communication requirements.

    Defence Minister A.K. Antony, who is closely following the rescue and relief efforts, was briefed by the tri-service Disaster Management Group about the steps taken to provide succour to the victims in Leh, the spokesperson said.
     
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    4 cops die during rescuing operation in Leh

    Srinagar, Aug 08: Rich tributes were paid to the Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel, who died while rescuing the people in the recent incident of cloudburst in Leh and its nearby villages.

    police personnel are Sub-Inspector Mohammad Ali, Head Constables Abu-Hussain, Nissar Ahmed and Constable Mohammad Hussain, all from Kargil district, who lost their lives during the rescue operation. They have created niche in the annals of Jammu and Kashmir Police history by sacrificing their lives while rescuing hundreds of trapped civilians.
    Special arrangements to airlift their bodies from Leh to Srinagar were made today personally by the Director General of Police, Kuldeep Khoda. The bodies were received at PCR here by the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Public Distribution and Transport, Qamar Ali Akhoon, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Zone), Farooq Ahmed and other senior police officers. On the occasion the contingents of J & K Armed jawans presented Shaukh Shaster and reversal of arms.
    Later, the bodies were sent to their native places (Kargil) by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Qamar Ali Akhoon and Inspector General of Police, Farooq Ahmed.
    Among others, present on the occasion were Deputy Inspectors General of Police, Rauf-ul-Hassan and J. P. Singh, Commandant, IRP 4th Bn. Zakir Hussain, SSP PCR, Javaid Farooqi, SP. APCR, Altaf Ahmad , senior police officers and jawns.
     
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    Hope of finding survivors dims, Pak help sought


    Leh: The hope of finding survivors in the flash floods that hit Leh three days back is receding. Over 150 people have already been confirmed dead even as relief and rescue efforts are going on at full swing. The Army, despite suffering grave losses, is spearheading the operations and has been searching for more than 500 people missing since the cloudburst.

    Thirty three soldiers, who went missing after flash floods in Siachen, are feared to have been washed away to Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The Army has now turned to Pakistani authorities to help rescue the jawans. Those missing include three Junior Commission Officers from 15 Bihar infantry regiment. The Army says the soldiers are extremely well trained to negotiate extreme weather conditions but they have been untraceable for nearly 48 hours now.

    The soldiers were deployed along the Line of Control near Siachen glacier. A senior Aarmy officer said that the jawans, who were manning a post near Turtok along the Line of Control (LoC), still remained untraced after they faced the fury of a swollen Shyok river on the same day when Leh was hit by flash floods following a devastating cloudburst on Friday.

    The ITBP and GREF have repaired and restored the road from Choglumsar to Leh town which will help in faster supply of relief material to flash flood-affected areas, a senior ITBP officer said on Sunday. However, the road beyond Choglumsar is still damaged are efforts are on to repair and restore it.

    The Jammu and Kashmir Government has re-started SMS services in Leh, that had been banned in the state a few months due to security reasons, to help in relief and rescue operations in the region devastated by cloudburst and flash floods.

    State government sources said that the step was taken as a goodwill gesture as it will not only help rescue personnel but also locals and tourists to communicate with their families.

    Air India on Sunday operated three special flights from Delhi to Leh bringing back 331 passengers stranded there.

    Air India has also decided to operate four special flights on Delhi-Leh-Delhi sector on Monday, and one each additional flight on Jammu-Leh-Jammu sector and Srinagar-Leh-Srinagar sector.

    The flights will leave for Delhi at 5.25am, 5.30am, 8.15am and 9.15am on Monday and the fare will be Rs 9000 only, an Air India spokesperson said.

    The Civil Aviation ministry had on Saturday asked Air India, Jet airways and Kingfisher airlines to operate three flights each to bring back the stranded passengers for Sunday. The Ministry had also asked them not to charge exorbitant fare following the complaint from the air travellers.

    The Kingfisher airline on Sunday operated two flights from Leh to Delhi and brought back 290 tourists. Kingfisher will operate four of its flights - one scheduled and three additional - from Leh to Delhi on Monday.

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    Leh floods: 90 foreigners rescued from Zanskar valley


    Leh: Frantic rescue efforts are underway in Leh and parts of Ladakh after Friday's devastating cloudburst that flattened villages and snapped power and communication links.

    The Indian Air Force has so far rescued 90 foreigners from Zanskar valley. Remaining foreigners still stuck in Zanskar will be evacuated soon, sources say. Meanwhile, another 75 foreigners are stuck in Pang on the Leh-Manali highway.

    According to latest estimates, over 150 people have died so far and around 200 people are still missing.

    Army and ITBP personnel are working round the clock for rescue work, struggling through piles of slush and mud. They are focusing on cleaning the road which connects Karu to Leh. They are trying to create a bridge so that at least single lane traffic for light vehicles can resume, and other relief material can flow into this place.

    The Leh runway has been cleaned up and flights are operating. Nine IAF planes have landed in the area to assist in rescue efforts. They brought relief material including 5,000 blankets, 75 tarpaulins and a team of nurses.

    Special Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Kingfisher are flights operating from Leh to Delhi to bring stranded tourists back.

    Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/leh-floods-90-foreigners-rescued-from-zanskar-valley-43029
     

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