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Flood hits Uttarakhand

The Indian state of Uttarakhand was struck by a heavy rainfall from June 14 to 17 2013. The rainfall was above 375%. A multi-day cloudburst, centered on the state causing devastating floods and landslides. The Chorabari glacier melted and this triggered the flooding of river Mandakini. Several major and historic Hindu and Sikh pilgrimage sites like Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath was affected even several tourist spots and trekking trails like Valley of flowers and Roopkund.
This happened not only due to natural reasons but also man-made problems such as
1. Unplanned constructions
2. Unlimited usage of ground water
3. Deforestation

Rescue Operation

The incessant rain that hit Uttarakhand from June 14 triggered flash floods and landslides, leading to thousands of deaths, while thousands more are missing. Over 1,00,000 people have been evacuated so far from the affected areas. Helping people rebuild their lives is the biggest challenge for the Uttarakhand government – in fact, for the whole country. Food and medicine was provided to the hostages. Several states gave financial support to these people. The US also took part in giving aid to these people. Government has also announced to 2 lakhs for the damage which has occured.
Anita Semwal, witness of Uttarakhand flood disaster