PM, Sonia condole deaths in Leh flash floods
President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi expressed grief over the loss of life and property in the flash floods in Leh in Jammu and Kashmir.
New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil,
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi expressed grief over the
loss of life and property in the flash floods in Leh in Jammu
President Patil, in a letter to Jammu and Kashmir
Governor N N Vohra, said she was saddened to hear about the
death and devastation caused by the cloudburst.
The Prime Minister announced ex-gratia relief of Rs
one lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to
the seriously injured.
"The Prime Minister is grieved to learn about the loss
of life and property in the flash floods which hit Leh after a
cloud burst last night," a PMO statement said. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi expressed deep
sorrow and grief over the loss of lives due to flash floods in
Gandhi wished speedy recovery to the injured.
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and J and K
Pradesh Congress Committee President Saifuddin Soz also
condoled the deaths.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari also condoled the loss of
life and property due to floods.
"It is really tragic what has happened in Leh and I offer
my condolences to the families of the bereaved and to the
victims," Kumar said.
"I am deeply grieved and shocked to learn of the tragic
loss of life and property caused due to flash floods triggered
by massive cloudburst in Leh in the Ladakh region," Ansari
Ansari said he joined all citizens in sending condolences
to the members of the bereaved families and prayed to the
Almighty to grant them the strength to withstand the immense
The matter was raised in the Lok Sabha by Hassan Khan, an
Independent member from Ladakh. He wanted the relief and
restoration work to be taken up at the earliest as there was
very little time before winter set in and hit transport links
in the region.
Raising the matter during Zero Hour, he demanded speedy
disbursal of compensation to those affected by the flash
floods caused by the cloudburst.