Cloudburst creates havoc, causes damage to properties

JIGMET JANSPAL KHUNGRU
LEH, AUG 9: Cloudburst at Saboo village caused flash floods in the village on Wednesday night and caused damage to properties including agriculture field filled with debris.
However there is no report of any loss of lives.
As many as eight houses were damaged in the flood while district administration immediately deployed men and machinery to remove debris from the affected houses and fields.
The cloudburst refreshed the nightmare of 2010 flash flood that caused damage to properties including vehicles, irrigation khul and roads.
Similarly at Shey village irrigation Khul along the road side is filled with debris and Rumbak village got damage to roads in the flash flood.
Rescue operations were launched by the ITBP and SDRF team after the disaster.
After assessing the damages in the area mainly to roads, houses and standing crops, DC Leh Avny Lavasa said that “we got information about the cloud burst around 9 pm in the Saboo village and we sent a rescue team of SDRF and Police but due to lack of visibility we could do nothing at night however restoration work started early this morning.”
She also added that administration cleared the debris, road adding that water supply and other essential services would be restored at earliest.
While taking about the initial arrangement she said, “there is a camp at Saboo School for the affected family along with ration facility for to provide basic services”.
Talking about the flash flood of Shey village she said that there is only damage of irrigation khul and filled with debris no other damages and the restoration task at Rumbak valley is already in progress”.
Responding to the media query MLC Chering Dorje Lakrook said, this is the third time that the Valley came under flash flood and there is need of survey to save this region in future.
Immediately the rescue team carried out the task of taking out the mud houses mostly volunteers worked on it including ITBP and SDRF.
Tresring Dolkar informed that this year the houses were damaged as compared to 2010 and 2015 flash floods adding, “as a farmer my livelihood is agricultural land which has been destroyed in this flash flood.”
MLA Leh Rigzin Jora accompanied by DCC President, Tsering Namgyal and Youth Wing Leaders, LBA President Tsewang Thinless, Councillor Saboo and other also inspected the flood affected areas in Saboo village and met with the individual family members.