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A sudden overnight downpour and flash floods have killed at least 85 people and injured nearly 340 in the remote and mountainous Ladakh region of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Police, paramilitary troops and the army have launched a massive rescue operation in Leh. Nearly 60 bodies have so far been pulled from the flood-hit areas around Leh, the main town in Ladakh. Rescue efforts are being hampered by gushing water and debris.
At least 200 injured people are being treated at the army hospital and many more are trapped under collapsed buildings. The flooding also damaged telephone masts and highways leading to the region.
The affected area is about 3,500 meters above sea level, which normally experiences very little rainfall.