Air link to Leh restored

Leh/Srinagar August, 07 (Scoop News) –  Due to cloudburst/flash flood that hit Ladakh region of J&K during the intervening night of 5th/6th of August 2010, several villages around Leh town got affected. Search and rescue operations were immediately stated as a result of which hundreds of people have been rescued. 400 persons have sustained injuries, majority out of whom were given medical treatment and subsequently discharged. The airport has been rendered functional and operation of the flights has already commenced. The arrangements for dispatch of the bodies of non-local deceased persons are being made. Repair work on the Srinagar Ladakh National Highway is also being conducted by HIMANK.

            An amount of Rs. 5.0 crores has been released, out of State Disaster Response Fund for providing ex-gratia in favour of the affected families and for effecting immediate restoration of public utilities.

            Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has also announced a relief of Rs. One lakh each in favour of next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000/- each in favour of those having suffered injuries.

Chief Minister,  Omar Abdullah conducted aerial survey of the area to assess the damages. An amount Rs. One crore out of Chief Minister’s fund, has initially been released in favour of next of kin of deceased.


            The situation is being monitored at the highest level of the Administration. Video conferencing link has been established between NIC Leh and NIC Srinagar through which situation is being monitored on regular basis.