Cloudburst sparks panic in Leh

Leh:  A cloudburst Monday hit Wanla village of Khalsi town in Leh district causing extensive damage to resi-dential houses and sparking flash floods in the area.

Locals said that sudden cloud burst resulted in huge damage to roads and strong water currents washed away several houses and shops.

This was the second cloud burst in the Ladakh Divi-sion in a week. At least 20 residential houses were dam-aged after a cloudburst struck Choskore Wakha village in Kargil district a few days ago.

SDM Khalsi Leh Barkat Ali Lone said that Wanla village of Khalsi town in Leh district that resulted in the cloud-burst. “The cloud burst sparked flash floods causing damage to several houses,” he said adding that people in the area have been evacuated and moved to safer places.     

Meanwhile heavy overnight rain has damaged houses and crops in Leh district. Reports said that the incessant rain caused panic and inundated several areas inlcluding Chuchot, Thicksey, Saboo, Phyang, Shey and Nyuma valley.

An official spokesperson said that the gushing water seeped into the Leh airport disrupting Air transport for several hours. Rains also lash scores of adjoining areas of Kargil district including Sankoo and Panikhar areas.

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