With tears in their eyes, women and children narrated their woes to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who gave them a patient hearing during his visit to a relief camp set up for cloudburst and flash flood victims in Leh on Tuesday.
Accompanied by senior Cabinet colleagues Ghulam Nabi Azad and Farooq Abdullah and state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Singh went to the worst-hit Choglamsar area, nearly 12 kms from town, by road.
The Prime Minister went straight to a relief camp set up for the villagers where women and children gathered around him. Wailing women conveyed their problems to the Prime Minister with state Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora acting as a translator.
Singh gave a patient hearing to the people and assured them of all possible help from his side in this calamity which has so far claimed nearly 200 lives. He assured them that all the houses will be built withing two months and money "will not be a problem."
He was briefed by locals about the extent of damage in the village and nearby areas.
The jawans of ITBP, BRO personnel and Army were seen trying to clear debris from the damaged roads, connecting the villages with the town area, which was hit by nature's fury on August 6.
Azad urged the local youths to participate in the rebuilding process as getting labour from outside could delay the work due to the acclimatisation issue relating to the outsiders.
Security personnel had ensured that the Prime Minister's visit had no impact on the daily routine of the villagers as shops were not closed and people were seen lined up alongside the road to welcome Singh.