Killing Catastrophe

Uttarakhand flood affects millions

The Uttarakhand flood struck the state in June 2013 leaving it completely destroyed. Studies show that heavy continuous rainfall centered on Uttarakhand melted the Chorabori Glacier triggering the flooding of the Mandakini river. This led to heavy floods near Gobindghat, Kedar Dome, Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand, Western Nepal and acute rainfall near Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and parts of Tibet. The mountains of Uttarakhand are fragile and new and therefore crumbled under the high intensity rainfall. This caused multiple landslides to occur. Rapid increase in the number of hydroelectricity dams in these fragile areas led to the disruption of water balance.

Constructions carried out without necessary precautions collapsed and caused huge losses both in property and human life.

The Char Dams and the Chota Char Dams were destroyed by the flood. The Char Dams literally meaning "the four abodes/seats" are the names given to the four pilgrimage sites in India that are widely revered by Hindus. The Army Air Force, ISRO, ITBP ( Indo-Tibetan Border Police), BSF (Border Security Force), NDRF (Natural Disaster Response Force) and PBD (Public Works Development) worked together for quick rescue osperation. Dr Manmohan Singh announced 1000 crore rupees aid package for disaster relief. States like UP, Haryana, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Odisha, MP and Chattisgarh gave 80 crores as relief fund. The US gave 150,000 US Dollars as relief fund. Local communities provided food, shelter and medicine to stranded pilgrims and refugees.

Now, about a year later, Uttarakhand is still shaken up but is slowly and steadily rising to to its former glory.

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Jennie Ann Joseph