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Leh, India Floods 2011 DREF Operation

This case study from the International Federation of the Red Cross details their Disaster Relief and Emergency Fund Operation in India, 2011. On 6 August 2010, unusual torrential rains triggered the floods and mudslides in Leh, which being in a cold desert, has an average of only 15 millimetres of rainfall during August. The flash floods and mudslides caused the death of at least 200 people overnight. A wall of mud, debris and water destroyed houses in Leh and in several nearby villages, uprooted telephone towers, temporarily wiping out all communications networks, and covered highways with a reported four metres of mud. Officials estimate that 80 per cent of Ladakh’s infrastructure was partially damaged or totally destroyed. Thousands of members of the local communities and authorities, residents and tourists took part in the relief efforts to evacuate people, establish relief camps, distribute aid, clear the main roads and restore telecommunications infrastructure.
Author: The International Federation of the Red Cross
Language: English
Pubished By: The International Federation of the Red Cross
Pubished date: 2011

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