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Devastating Floods in Ladakh and Baltistan

Floods in Leh in LadakhThe devastating flooding caused by the unusually heavy monsoon rains in the Northern Areas of Pakistan has been widely reported in the news in the last couple of weeks. However, the relatively localised disaster that occurred in the popular trekking base of Leh, the capital of Ladakh, in Northern India, has gone largely unreported.

Early in the morning of Friday 6th August, devastating flash floods ravaged Leh town and adjoining areas, leaving over 160 people killed. The death toll is expected to rise as bodies are being pulled out of the rubble and there are fears that hundreds might still be missing. Rescue workers have so far struggled to reach some affected areas that have been completely cut off. Roads and bridges to far-flung areas have either been washed away or severely damaged. Local  residents continue to painstakingly remove the heavy carpet of mud and slush that has settled over buildings.

To keep up to date with the current situation and to find out how you can help please go to our special feature page about our ‘Ladakh and Baltistan Flood Appeal' .  We will be updating this page to keep you informed of the latest situation and to let you know the details of the projects that we will be supporting through our chosen charity the Juniper Trust.

>> Read more on the floods in Ladakh and Baltistan

19th Aug 10

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