A view of land slide at
Leh Air Field.
Kashmir students pray for Leh flood victims
Students in Jammu and Kashmir took out a candle light procession and
prayed for the victims of flash floods that devastated the Leh
region of the state. The students, all of them hailing from Ladakh,
participated in the event in Jammu city
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today announced a Rs 125 crore relief
packaged for the Leh cloudburst victims and said all houses
destroyed by the natural calamity will be reconstructed within the
next two-and-a-half months.
Singh, who arrived here on a day-long
visit to take stock of relief and rehabilitation undertaken in the
aftermath of flash floods in this mountainous region, said that the
relief will be given from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.
The Prime Minister said that houses destroyed in the Leh cloudburst
will be rebuilt within the next two-and-a-half months and funds will
not be a problem.
"Hospital, school, electricity
connections and roads will be rebuilt and all rehabilitation works
will be completed within the next two-and-a-half months and before
the onset of winter. Funds will not be a problem," he said.
Singh said many lives have been lost
during the tragedy which is irreparable but the Central and Jammu
and Kashmir governments will take all possible measures to help the
The Prime Minister said a monitoring committee under the
chairmanship of state Chief Secretary will be constituted to ensure
effective implementation of various schemes for the affected people.
"Before the onset of winter, I will
again visit you and inspect the houses that will be constructed for
you," he said.
Singh also held a meeting with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and
state officials to discuss the steps being taken for the relief and
The Prime Minister was accompanied by
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister for New and
Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah and Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh
Congress Committee Chief Saifuddin Soz.
The Prime Minister had promised in his Independence Day address that
every possible effort would be made to provide relief to those hit
by the calamity.
Singh had earlier announced an ex-gratia
relief of Rs one lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000
each to the seriously injured from the PM's National Relief Fund.