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Prime minister to visit disaster-hit Leh on Tuesday

August 16, 2010 11:33 IST

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will go on a daylong visit on Tuesday to Leh, which has been hit by cloudburst and flash floods that claimed around 200 lives and left over 400 injured.

The prime minister will visit some of the hospitals where the injured are undergoing treatment.

Accompanied by senior officials, DrSingh will review the relief and rehabilitation measures.

Dr Singh, in his Independence Day address, had mentioned the calamity in Leh and assured the people of the affected region that the government will do everything possible to rehabilitate them.

He also conveyed his condolences to those who lost their family members in the calamity.

"In this hour of grief, the whole country stands with the people of Ladakh," he had said.

The prime minister had earlier announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 1 lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the seriously injured from the PM's National Relief Fund.

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