The National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), in one of its first reports on the Uttarakhand floods, has blamed“ climatic conditions combined with haphazard human intervention” in the hills for the disaster.

The uncontrolled rise of tourism inflow into the state of Uttarakhand, took a toll on the ecology of the state. With Uttarakhand’s proximity to the national capital, the weekend revelers soon found Uttarakhand to be the destination to beat the heat. Plus, the religious tourists found it much easier to travel to-not-so accessible Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and other shrines, all this lead to an unsustainable rise in the number of people traveling to Uttarakhand.

“The number of 'pilgrims' has been steadily increasing, with people from the plains interested in a quick guided tour of the hills by vehicles, the local authorities have ignored the carrying capacity and cumulative impact of dams and illegal construction on the fragile Himalayas.