Uttarakhand floods :

Disaster natural but damage man made ?

Uttarakhand floods

From 14 to 17 June 2013, the Indian state of Uttarakhand and adjoining areas received heavy rainfall,This caused the melting of Chorabhari glacier, which led to heavy floods near Uttarakhand

The consequences

The floods caused landslides that damaged several houses and killing those who were trapped. Entire villages and settlements such as Gaurikhand and the market town of Ram Bada were obliterated. The market town of Sonprayag suffered heavy damage and loss of lives.Over 70,000 people were stuck in various regions because of damaged or blocked roads. National highway 58 was washed away. The roads were seriously damaged at more than 450 places, resulting in huge traffic jams, and the floods caused many cars and other vehicles to be washed away.

The Kedarnath temple itself was not damaged, its base was inundated with water, mud and boulders from the landslide, damaging its perimeter. Many hotels, rest houses and shops around the temple in Kedarnath township were destroyed, resulting in several casualties.


The Indian Prime Minister undertook an aerial survey of the affected area and announced 10 billion (US$170 million) aid package for disaster relief efforts in the state.

Several state governments announced financial assistance, with Uttar Pradesh pledging 250 million (US$4.2 million),The governments of Haryana,Maharashtra and Delhi 100 million (US$1.7 million) each, the governments of Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh 50 million (US$830,000) each. The US Ambassador to India extended a financial help of USD $150,000 and will provide further financial aid of USD $75,000.


The Indian army showed heroic effort and rescued 14,000 people. The indian army and air force had deployed nearly 30 helicopters to rescue the trapped people.
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