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Flash floods wreak havoc in Leh

August 4, 2015 4:24 PM |

Flash floods in LehHeavy rains have triggered flash floods in at least four villages of Leh district in Jammu and Kashmir. However, no casualties have been reported so far. Affected villages included Shakti, Vanilla, Basigo and Chuchut.

As per media reports, several houses and property were damaged, amounting to substantial loss.

In span of 48 hours till 8.30 am on Sunday, Leh district has recorded 24.6 mm of rain. According to Skymet Meteorology Division in India, a fresh Western Disturbance is over North Pakistan and adjoining Jammu and Kashmir which has caused the rainfall activity over the district. And, we expect light to moderate rain to continue for next 24 to 48 hours that will further worsen the situation.

According to the meteorologists at Skymet, it is very difficult to predict the weather over the region as mountainous terrain responds very quickly to any change in weather.

As per geographical features, Leh valley is surrounded by mountains. It is quite a possibility that villages have been inundated by heavy rain taking place in nearby region.

The area of surveillance is also very limited, since radar’s view is obstructed by the mountains due to which the satellite is not able to send the farsighted images.

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