Monday, August 09, 2010
Floods devastate Himalayan town

Rescue workers in India continued to search for more than 500 people missing after flash floods and landslides struck the country's mountainous Kashmir region, state-run media reported Sunday. The death toll from the devastation has risen to 145 people, according to the official Press Trust of India.

 

The landslides were triggered late last week after a massive rainfall took sleeping residents by surprise -- snapping power lines, flattening villages and upending vehicles.

 

iReporter Bill Kite, who helps facilitate humanitarian dentistry efforts in the Himalayan town of Leh, shared haunting images of the devastation and described the scene as "heartbreaking."

 

"This devastating flood is a human catastrophe to many, many people who struggle with the barest of assets in some of the harshest environments in the world," writes Kite.

 

Our hearts go out to the victims in India. We salute Kite and his team of doctors, not only for their humanitarian efforts, but for helping shed light on an important story in a such remote part of the world.

2 Comments
August 11, 2010
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my heart is with the Indian people thank you tyson

August 12, 2010
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God bless..

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