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130 people killed in flash floods in Leh, 600 missing

Leh: With the recovery of more bodies, the toll in the cloudburst in Leh on Saturday climbed to 130 even as 600 more are feared washed away in the calamity that was followed by torrential rains and flash floods devastating this Himalayan town in Ladakh region in India’s northernmost state Jammu & Kashmir.

Sources fear that the death toll could cross over 500 as several far flung villages were yet to be accessed by rescue teams in this high-altitude terrain.

“We have recovered 130 bodies so far and at least 370 are injured. The number of missing is yet to be ascertained,” State Police Chief Kuldeep Khoda said, adding the toll may go up.

A small village before Choglumsur, which bore the brunt of the incessant rains, was completely wiped out as rescue workers were looking for survivors in the mud slush and debris.

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