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Indian PM Visits Flood-Hit Himalayan Region

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday visited the flood-hit Himalayan region of Ladakh in Indian Kashmir, where recent flash floods killed 189 people and washed away roads, homes and bridges.

About 400 people are reported missing.

Mr. Singh met with flood victims in the town of Leh and announced a $27 million dollar relief package for the region bordering China.

The Indian leader said hospitals, schools, electricity connections and roads will be rebuilt within the next three months, before winter hits.

Ladakh is a high-altitude desert about 3,500 meters above sea level, and normally experiences very low precipitation. It is a popular destination for Western tourists and backpackers.