Uttarakhand Disaster,2013

The year which has been the most dreadful for India.

Continous rain triggered flash floods causing to lose thousands of lives.

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.

Man-Made Reasons

Unabated expansion of hydro-power projects and construction of roads to accommodate ever-increasing tourism, especially religious tourism, are also major causes for the unprecedented scale of devastation.

Steps taken by the Indian Government

Many have been evacuated and rescued those who have been stranded in the flood

Stepping up relief efforts, government deployed more aircraft to evacuate thousands stranded in rain-ravaged Uttarakhand even as Railways pitched in with free travel to enable those rescued to reach their hometowns.

As many as 33,152 persons have been moved to safer areas in massive relief and rescue operations launched by the Central and state governments to tackle the unprecedented situation caused by flash floods.

Efforts taken by the local communities

India has a central organisation in National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). It is not quite clear what role NDMA is performing in ongoing rescue and relief work in Uttarakhand. While the armed forces have come to take the lead in rescue and relief work, there are independent stories of people voluntarily providing the support to those in need.