Uttarakhand Flood 2013

A Natural Disaster that took place June 2013!

The reasons for the Great Disaster...

On June Uttarakhand experienced heavy rainfall which was more than the expected rate. This caused the melting of Chorabari Glaciers at the height of 3800 meters, and eruption of the Mandakini River which led to heavy floods.

Places which were affected by the catastrophe.

Many pilgrimage destinations in and near Uttarakhand were impossible to be reached because the roads leading there were destroyed by the floods. People were stuck on places with very little ration and survived on little food for days. Over 70,000 Pilgrims were stranded in Pilgrimage centers like Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, the hallowed Hindu Chardham (four sites) for days. 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 (India) an important artery connecting the region was also washed away near Jyotirmath and in many other places. 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 by the government.

The Prime minister of India undertook an aerial survey of the affected areas and announced 10 billion (US$170 million) aid package for disaster relief efforts in the state. Several state governments announced financial assistance, with Uttar Pradesh pledging 250 million (US$4.2 million), the governments of Haryana, Maharashtra and Delhi.100 million (US$1.7 million) each, the governments of Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh 50 million (US$830,000) each. The US Ambassador to India extended a financial help of USD $150,000 through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to the NGOs working in the area. and announced that the US will provide further financial aid of USD $75,000.

Steps taken by the Local Community.

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.
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