UTTARAKHAND TRAGEDY 2013
INTRODUCTION TO THE TRAGEDY!
- From 15th to 18th June 2013, Indian State Of Uttarakhand received heavy amount of rainfall which was about 373% more than the benchmark rainfall during a normal monsoon. 16th & 17th June 2013 was the day in which many innocent lives were taken.
- Uttarakhand has a total area of 53,484 kmsq of which 93% is mountainous & 64% is covered by forest.
- Two of India's largest rivers, The Ganges & The Yamuna, originate in the Glaciers Of Uttarakhand.
- The Rudraprayag district, home to the Kedarnath shrine has seen 8 major monsoon-related disasters in the last 34yrs.
REASONS FOR THE DISASTER?
- Due to the continuous rain, The Chorabari Glacier melted & this triggered the flooding of the Mandakini Rivers
- However, the true causes of the epic tragedy is growth of tourism & unplanned construction.
- One of the main reasons for the disaster could be Global Warming.
Some Of The Snapshots!
CONSEQUENCES: ECONOMIC LOSS!
- Major roads, telephone towers were destroyed due to which communication with outer world was lost.
- 20,000 crores loss was reported, which may be in the form of cars,roads,houses etc.
STEPS TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT & LOCAL COMMUNITY!
- The Army, Air Force, Navy, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) , Border Security Force , Natural Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Public Works Department & Local Administrations worked together for quick rescue operations.
- Thousands of Soldiers were deployed for the rescue missions.
- Helicopters were sent to rescue people but due to the rough terrain, heavy fod & rainfall rescuing them was a challenge.
- Indian Army showed extreme levels of courage in saving the people.