NEW DELHI, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Germany has thanked India for helping German tourists in flood-hit India-controlled Kashmir, while expressing grief over the loss of lives in the cold desert region of Ladakh and its main town Leh, said Indian officials on Sunday.
"It is with great shock that I have learned about the catastrophic consequences of the heavy rains in Ladakh, which have cost the lives of so many persons. I sincerely hope for the speedy recovery of all survivors of this tragedy," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a letter to Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna. "I would also like to express to you my heartfelt gratitude for the help and excellent cooperation extended by Indian authorities while searching for German tourists who have been and who still are in the region," the German minister was quoted as saying by the Ministry of External Affairs here.
According to the German Embassy in the Indian capital, some 100 German nationals have been stranded in Leh due to the cloudburst which caused flash floods.
At least 136 people were killed, 500 injured and 500 missing in flash floods which hit Lakadh in northeast India-conrolled Kashmir Friday.