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Heavy rains leave Leh residents, authorities anxious

india Updated: Aug 14, 2010 19:39 IST
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It was a nervous Friday night in Leh as heavy rains lashed the region exactly a week after the cloudburst that claimed more than 200 lives.

Apprehending another calamity, people left their homes and climbed to higher areas as the rains started pouring at about midnight. ITBP and Army officials said they were monitoring the situation and were ready with a relief and rescue plan in case of an emergency.

A drive from the worst affected Choglamsar to Leh city in the night was nothing short of a nightmare. The roads were filled with boulders as streams washed away newly repaired roads.

With memories of flood water and slush wreaking havoc in the area still fresh in their minds, many residents stayed awake.

"I just could not sleep. Water was flowing down from near my house. I was too afraid to sleep," said Taki, a taxi driver.

All major roads were damaged and round 13 bridges washed away during the flash floods last week.

Early morning, General Reserve Engineer Force personnel were seen clearing the roads all over again.