Leh tragedy be treated as national calamity: Karan

Last Updated: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 21:30

New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir
Governor Karan Singh today suggested that flash floods in Leh
be treated as a national calamity and offered Rs 50 lakh for
relief and rehabilitation work in case such a decision is
taken.

Condoling the death of around 150 people in the
natural disaster, Singh said that the cloudburst has caused
immense loss and hundreds were dead and thousansds have been
rendered homeless.

"I have suggested that this (the disaster) should be
treated as a `National Calamity` so that MPs from all over the
country can contribute towards and relief and rehabilitation
from their MPLADS fund.

"As soon as this is done, I intend to send Rs 50 lakh
as my donation," Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP, said in a statement
here.

The veteran leader also hoped that relief and
rehabilitation measures being undertaken by the Central and
state governments, armed forces and NGOs will succeed in
providing adequate alternative shelter in Leh where the winter
was fast approaching.

-PTI



First Published: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 21:30

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