On June 2013

Reason for the Flood

The heavy rainfall has wreaked havoc on the region because of the fragile nature of the Himalayan range and poor soil stability in its steep slopes. But it is man-made factors that has worsened the scale of the disaster. Expansion of hydro-power projects and construction of roads to accommodate ever-increasing tourism, especially religious tourism, are also major causes for the flood.

Historical significance of places in Uttarakhand where disaster was more severe

Steps taken by the government:-

# As many as 33,152 persons have been moved to safer areas.

# The Air Force has deployed 13 more aircraft taking the number of aircraft for relief and rescue operations to 43.

# The Indian Air Force has deployed its heavylift Mi-26 helicopters to transport fuel and heavy equipment required by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to clear roads closed due to landslide.

# Affected districts of Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi, 209 of a total of 739 mobile towers are down and they are likely to be made operational in the next 24 hours.

Steps taken by the local community

# Rs 500 each was given to students in the affected families.

# Free ration was given to villages where connectivity has not been restored yet.

# Power bills have been waived off for affected families.

# Over 200 pilgrims and locals were evacuated from the flood-hit areas where another 680 still remained stranded.

# Kerosene is also being made available to the people of affected areas on subsidised rates.