- Posted August 6, 2010 by
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Flooding in Pakistan
Flood in Leh, Ladakh
Insistent rains have finally reached a critical mass here in Ladakh. Catastrophic floods rampaged through the capital city of Leh last night around 1am destroying roads, homes and causing unconfirmed deaths and injuries. August 6th was scheduled to be an enormous cultural event with the return of the incarnate Lama Bhakula Rimpoche to Leh in a vast motorcade over the highest motorable road in the world from Nubra Valley. Reports are that the main Nubra Valley city of Disket was flooded, so most likely many, many devotees and dignitaries who had assembled there for the motorcade are stranded or worse.
I just returned from Leh and have attached 8 very shocking photos. There are many, many devastated apartment buildings that are now under excavation to find any survivors. Reports from the scene estimate the death toll in the hundreds, but it is the first hours of the true nature of the catastrophe. Sonam Norboo Hospital is also very heavily damaged as well as All India Radio, the mobile phone companies and the airport runways is damaged to some extent. We went out to see the runway from Spitok Monastery which overlooks it and it appears to not have been damaged structurally, but is covered in mud from flooding. All roads to Leh are blocked by the devastation and emergency crews working. It's well and truly the biggest disaster that I or anyone else has seen in 25 years. Unbelievably, it is now 2pm in Ladakh and the thunder and lightening is starting yet again which might very well bring another wave of destruction. It's worse than I can describe and might deteriorate if it rains again. All those planning on coming to Leh must now re-evaluate your travel plans. It will be significant time before anything resembling normality returns to Leh.