Govt. will do everything possible to rehabilitate Leh-flood victims: Manmohan Singh

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New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Expressing deep grief over the loss of lives in the recent mudslide triggered by a cloudburst in Leh, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said the Central Government will do everything possible for the rehabilitation of the affected people.

"A few days back, many precious lives were lost in Laddakh due to a cloud burst. In this hour of grief, the whole country stands with the people of Laddakh. It is my assurance that the Central Government will do everything possible for rehabilitation of the affected people," said Dr Singh addressing the nation from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort on the 64th Independence Day.

It has been reported that the Prime Minister is visiting the flood devastated Leh on August 17.

The 434-kilometer vital Srinagar-Leh road damaged by the recent flash floods and landslides triggered by cloudbursts has been restored after days of hectic work done by the engineers and men of the Army, Border Roads Organisation and allied agencies.

The Leh-Manali road, which is the other vital link, has already been restored after the Army personnel built in several bridges in less than a week. Earlier on Saturday, the relief and rescue operations at Leh and its neighboring areas continued for the ninth consecutive day.

The total death toll rose to 189, including 18 Nepali and Tibetan workers, three French, one Spanish and one Italian tourist. Around 500 people sustained injuries in the natural calamity.Flash floods and mudslides have swept the road links and bridges in the area. The deluge has damaged hospitals, schools, government buildings, bus terminals, radio station transmitter, telephone exchange and mobile-phone towers.

Five villages Sabu, Phyang, Nimoo, Choglumsar and Shapoo are worst hit by the sudden downpour and flash floods. Old Leh city is also among the worst affected. (ANI)

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