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Life limps back to normal in cloudburst-hit Leh

india Updated: Aug 15, 2010 12:47 IST

Groups of tourists undertaking trekking, people crowding at eating joints, devotees flocking shrines -- life in cloudburst devastated Leh district is gradually limping back to normal.

As you enter the Changspa village, the scenes are a contrast to the death and devastation visible a week ago after cloudburst and flashfloods hit the region on August 5 night.

Foreigners can be seen either cycling down or catching a quick bite at the many cafes along the narrow road. Tucked in between is the Jewish House in Leh where an Israeli group was busy preparing its lunch.

Following the calamity that left about 200 dead, foreign tourists had joined hands with armed forces personnel and locals in the relief operations, clearing the sludge that had covered the vast land.

Like thousands of others, Andrea, a French national, came here to test themselves on high-altitude trekking trails.