21 Foreign Trekkers Stranded in Ladakh Village

LEH (LADAKH); Three days after cloudbursts wrecked havoc in many parts of this frontier region, at least 21 foreign trekkers remained stranded in a remote area waiting for recue teams.

Officials said that 21 foreigners are stranded at Markha area of Leh which has been cut off after heavy rains and cloudbursts. “The water level rose in mountain streams due to cloudbursts. The situation here is bad and I can tell you that the cloudbursts have caused extensive damage to the dozens of houses and besides there are several areas which are cut off from last three days,” said I&FC Minister Sukhnandan Kumar.

He said that the government is on job to reach the areas which are cut off from last three days. “We have requested the Air Force for their services to reach out to the cut off areas. Due to cloudbursts, the water level has increased in several mountain streams in Leh,” he said.

He said that the rescue operations have started in the region. “It is difficult to reach the areas which are cut off but with the help of Air Force we are hopeful of reaching these areas,” he said.

The Minister added that rains and cloudbursts in the region this week caused damage to the houses and crops as well. “At least 25 residential houses have been damaged after a cloudburst struck Choskore Wakha village in Kargil district.  The cloudburst triggered flash floods in Choskore Wakha village, and other villages in the Kargil district. The Manali-Leh highway is also cut off” he said and added that the government is on the job to reach the affected people and shift them to safer places. 

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