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Search for missing on, toll up to 170

Army personnel and emergency relief teams continued to search for missing persons and bodies, five days after flash floods hit Leh district.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2010 23:24 IST
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Army personnel and emergency relief teams continued to search for missing persons and bodies, five days after flash floods hit Leh district.

Four more bodies were recovered on Tuesday from Choglamsar village, the worst affected area, taking the toll to 170.

Several foreign tourists were evacuated on Wednesday from Lamayuru, Biamah, Pang, Rumtse and Marakha valley areas. On Tuesday, around 150 tourists were rescued.

Five foreigners — two Frenchmen, a Spaniard, an Italian and a Romanian — are feared dead. Officials believe many tourists are still stranded in remote areas.

Efforts are on to restore road communication to affected areas as early as possible. Friday’s floods swept away roads, houses, bridges and power cables in many parts of the district.

First Published: Aug 11, 2010 23:23 IST