LEDeG and HFH
Habitat for Humanity (HFH), India and SEEDS
Ladakh experienced massive flash floods on 5 August 2010 because of sudden cloudbursts and extreme rainfalls. The new settlements in Choglamsar were the worst hit in terms of loss of human life and damages to the houses. The government declared 248 people dead and 76 missing. More than 1400 hectares of agriculture land and 1200 houses were reported damaged in the flood and the loss estimated at 204 crore rupees ($50 million). This was the worst natural disaster ever in the region.
Even though LEDeG has no experience of working on disaster and rehabilitation, the magnitude of the misfortune was too high for us to keep ourselves out of it and hence we jumped into the immediate relief activities.