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Flash floods kill 48 in India-controlled Kashmir, many missing

08-06-2010 16:23 BJT

SRINAGAR, India-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- At least 48 people have been killed and scores injured after flash floods hit a major town in the mountainous area of Ladakh in India-controlled Kashmir, officials Friday said.

"As per details with us 48 people have been killed in the flash floods that struck late Thursday night," said Amir Ali, a disaster management official with government.

However, Indian-official broadcaster All India Radio Friday reported 54 people were killed and many injured in a series of cloudbursts that hit parts of Leh town during the night.

The flash floods triggered after a sudden downpour Thursday night in the area have caused a massive damage. Police, army and civil administration have launched rescue operations.

With communication links breaking down, the number of casualties is not known yet.

Officials said town's main SNM Hospital and bus stand have got damaged and water has submerged telephone exchange thereby snapping communication links. The strong water current has also tore parts of the main Srinagar-Leh road. to the town.

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