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Death toll from Kashmir flooding rises to 112

By Mukhtar Ahmad, For CNN
Television picture from NDTV shows residents in Leh struggling with the floodwater on August 6, 2010.
Television picture from NDTV shows residents in Leh struggling with the floodwater on August 6, 2010.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: In addition to 112 dead, 375 people were injured in rain-triggered floods and landslides
  • NEW: 25 Indian soldiers are missing
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Srinagar, India (CNN) -- The death toll has risen to 112 as a result of flash floods and landslides in a town in northern India, a police official said.

At least 375 people were being treated for injuries at hospitals in the city of Leh, said Officer Farooq Ahmad. Twenty-five soldiers in the Indian Army are missing, said Army Lt. Col. J.S.Brar.

The town is nearly 310 miles (500 km) from Srinagar.

The rain came shortly after midnight and took sleeping residents by surprise.

About 6,000 soldiers were deployed in the relief efforts, Brar said. Helicopters have also been called in as damaged roads made it difficult to reach the affected areas.

 
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