59 people were killed and many others went missing after heavy downpour triggered flash floods devastating Leh in the Ladakh region. A massive cloudburst struck the town around midnight on Thursday, triggering flash floods and mud slides.
Over 160 injured people have been admitted to the army hospital.
With communication links breaking down, the exact number of casualties is not known yet.
Old Leh city is worst affected, with the city’s main hospital, SNM Hospital, flooded and the main bus stand flattened.
4,000 army men, and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police personnel have launched a massive relief and rescue operation.
All flights from Delhi to Leh have been cancelled.