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Monasteries in Leh not damaged in flash floods

August 15, 2010

Sify (India)
August 13, 2010

All the monasteries in Buddhist-dominated Leh
town in Ladakh region that was hit by flash
floods are safe, a Tibetan official said here Friday.

At least 80 people have been killed and over 300
injured in the flash floods in Leh, triggered by
a cloudburst that hit the town around midnight Thursday.

'All the monasteries or gompas in Leh and its
nearby areas are safe. But the loss of human
lives is too big,' Ngodup Dorjee, secretary home
department, Tibetan government-in-exile, told IANS.

'We (the exiles) are deeply saddened by the loss
of so many lives and property. I extend my
sympathy and heartfelt condolences to all those
families who have been affected by this natural disaster,' he added.

The cloudburst occurred at Choglamsar village,
which is situated above Leh. Flash floods and
mudslides followed the cloudburst unleashing tragedy on the town.

Leh, situated at 3,524 mt above sea level, is spread over 45,110 sq km.
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