Intensifying the damage were the shallow mud and boulders dislodged in flash floods caused by the turbulent downpour of rain, which destroyed a large number of buildings and monasteries in the area.
While scientists have concurred that the cloudburst was a rare phenomenon for the region, differences of opinion have emerged on whether it was caused by climate change in Ladakh.
The meteorological observatory of the Indian Air Force reported that 12.8 mm of rainfall was received in a 24-hour period between August 5 and 6, nearly equalling the average precipitation received by Ladakh during August-prime conditions for a cloudburst, which occurs when heavy rains fall over a small area in a short period.
'Ladakh is not known to be frequently affected by this type of phenomena.
But the climate pattern is changing."