The Natural disaster that occurred in Uttarakhand in 2013.

What was the DISASTER ?

    1. From 14 to 17 June 2013, the Indian state of Uttarakhand and adjoining areas suffered from a natural disaster.

    2. Landslides, due to the floods, damaged several houses and structures, killing those who were trapped.The heavy rains resulted in large flashfloods and massive landslides.

    3. Entire villages and settlements such as Gaurikund , Ram Bada were destroyed.

    4. On 18 June, more than 12,000 pilgrims were stranded at Badrinath,

    5. Many hotels, rest houses and shops around the temple in Kedarnath township were destroyed, resulting in several casualties

    6. The temple was flooded with water resulting in several deaths due to drowning and panic-driven stampede

    7. Over 70,000 people were stuck in various regions because of damaged or blocked roads

    8. For more than three days, stranded pilgrims and tourists were without rations or survived on little food

    9. As late as September, 2013, about 556 bodies were found out of which 166 bodies were found in highly decomposed state during fourth round of search operations.

Steps taken by the government

  1. The Prime Minister of India undertook an aerial survey of the affected areas and announced 10 billion aid package for disaster relief efforts in the state

  2. The Government of India also cancelled 9 batches, or half the annual batches of the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra, a Hindu pilgrimage.

  3. The Chardham Yatra pilgrimage, covering Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath was cancelled for 2 years to repair damaged roads and infrastructure,

  4. Government agencies and priests of Kedarnath temple planned mass cremation of the hundreds of victims, after one week of tragedy

  5. the Defence Ministry deployed more than 45 Army and IAF choppers along with more than 10,000 troops in the state. evacuated over 1,500 people. The Army has so far rescued more than 11,000 people, About 10,000 people are also being provided food and medical assistance,"

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Steps taken by the local community

  1. Local youths from several affected villages near Gangotri helped stranded tourists and pilgrims, by sending messages to their places and by providing food.

  2. Rescuers also retrieved approximately 10 million (US$170,000) and other jewellery from local persons.
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