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“Prayers for Leh which has lost all contact”

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2010 by designldg

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Sad news, there were hundreds of people killed in flash floods and thousand of houses washed away in Leh.
Over 500 people are still missing tonight (Sunday).
The cloudburst, flash floods and mudslides that hit Leh town around midnight on Friday washed away 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.
With road and air connectivity disrupted and phone lines down, Leh has been cut off from rest of the world since Thursday night.
The disruption in communication system has affected the rescue work undertaken by the Army as well as other paramilitary personnel.
Over 6,000 army men and troopers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are involved in the massive relief and rescue operation and are assisting the local administration.
Airtel whose network is still operating in Leh, has issued SIM cards to the local administration for setting up helplines.

I never thought that this could happen in such a place which was a piece of heaven.
The Indus River there, called Sênggê Zangbo, the “Lion River” in Tibetan, is so narrow that I keep on wondering how such a thing is possible…
All my prayers are going to the wonderful people of Leh, I have their smiles and happiness in mind forever……

This is a view of Leh, the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh which is in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
It was shot from a terrace at Leh Palace, a former home of the royal family of Ladakh.
Leh is at an altitude of 3,524 meters (11,483 ft), it is spread over 45,110 sq. km, and comprises the main town and 12 adjacent villages..
For centuries it has been an important stopover on trade routes along the Indus Valley between Tibet to the east, Kashmir to the west and also between India and China.