Flash flooding hits Indian Kashmir

Friday 06th Aug 2010 by theWeather Club

The monsoon rains that have been causing such devastation in neighbouring Pakistan have now begun to hit its southern neighbour. Indian Kashmir has suffered flash flooding, washing away houses and killing at least 85 people. The floods have hit the normally arid region of Ladakh, where the rocky and mountainous terrain has no vegetation, making the floodwater particularly fast moving and hazardous. The airport in Leh, the main town in the region, has been damaged and the area's communications capabilities have been severely disrupted. Rescue efforts have been hampered by gushing water and debris, according to the state police chief Kuldeep Khoda. Forecasts suggest that up to another 40cm of rain could fall in the area on Friday.