Tragic Uttarakhand

Devastation takes over Uttarakhand from 14 June-17 June,2013

Reason behind massive destruction in Uttarakhand------MUST WATCH

Why?

From 14 to 17 June 2013, the Indian state of Uttarakhand and adjoining areas received heavy rainfall which caused the melting of Chorabari Glacier at the height of 3800 meters, and eruption of the Mandakini River which led to heavy floods. Heavy rainfall for four consecutive days as well as melting snow aggravated the floods. Warnings by the India Meteorological Department predicting heavy rains were not given wide publicity beforehand, causing thousands of people to be caught unaware, resulting in huge loss of life and property. The growth of tourism and urbanization were also a cause of such a disaster.

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Historical Significance of the destroyed places

Pilgrimage centres in the region, including Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, the hallowed Hindu Chardham pilgrimage centers, visited by thousands of devotees, especially after the month of May onwards, was destroyed severely by this flood. People in other important locations like the Valley of Flowers, Roopkund and the Sikh pilgrimage centre Hemkund were stranded for more than three days. National Highway 58, an important artery connecting the region was also washed away near Jyotirmath and in many other places. On 18 June, more than 12,000 pilgrims were stranded at Badrinath, the popular pilgrimage center located on the banks of the Alaknanda River. Although the Kedarnath Temple itself was not damaged, its base was inundated with water, mud and boulders from the landslide, damaging its perimeter.

Steps taken towards this...

The PM took a survey of the affected areas and announced 10 billion aid package for disaster relief efforts in the state. Several state governments announced financial assistance. The US Ambassador to India extended a financial help of USD $150,000 through the United States Agency for International Development to the NGOs working in the area. The Government of India cancelled 9 batches, or half the annual batches of the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra, a Hindu pilgrimage. The Chardham Yatra pilgrimage, covering Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath was cancelled for 2 years to repair damaged roads and infrastructure, according to the Uttarakhand Government. Government agencies and priests of Kedarnath temple were planning mass cremation of the hundreds of victims, after one week of tragedy. Local youths from several affected villages near Gangotri helped stranded tourists and pilgrims, by sending messages to their places and by providing food. Rescuers also retrieved approximately 10 million and other jewellery from local people, including some people who reportedly collected it from a destroyed building of a Bank and damaged shops.

Uttarakhand Flood Disaster Moments Caught in Camera