Flash floods kill 130 in Indian-held Kashmir

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 7, 2010 10:56

SRINAGAR, India – Authorities stepped up rescue efforts as the weather improved Saturday, a day after flash floods sent rivers of mud down desert mountainsides in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing at least 130 people and injuring 400 others, officials said.

Twenty-seven more bodies were recovered from collapsed homes in the remote Himalayan region of Ladakh, state police Chief Kuldeep Khoda said. Rescuers had found 103 bodies on Friday.

Thousands of people in low-lying areas of Leh, the main town in Ladakh, moved to higher ground Friday and spent the night out in the open, said Kausar Makhdoomi, a businessman.


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