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At least 50 dead in Kashmir floods

At least 50 people have been killed after a sudden downpour and flash floods hit a major town in Indian Kashmir's remote and mountainous Ladakh region, a top police official has said.

Kuldeep Khoda, the state police chief, said a massive rescue operation including police, paramilitary and the army is under way in Leh town, the main town of the region.

In Srinagar, army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel J S Brar said the flooding injured scores of people and has damaged telephone towers and the region's airport.

The area is a high-altitude desert about 11,500 feet (3,500 metres) above sea level and normally experiences very low levels of rainfall.

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