In June 2013, a multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides in the country's worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.It started from 14-17th of June, Though some parts of Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh in India, also experienced heavy rainfall, over 95% of the casualties occurred in Uttarakhand. As of 16 July 2013 (2013-07-16)[, according to figures provided by the Uttarakhand government, more than 5,700 people were "presumed dead."
Destruction of bridges and roads left about 100,000 pilgrims and tourists trapped in the valleys leading to three of the four Hindu Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites 5The Indian Air Force, the Indian Army and paramilitary troops evacuated more than 110,000 people from the flood ravaged area.
Unprecedented destruction by the rainfall witnessed in Uttarakhand state was attributed, by environmentalists, to unscientific developmental activities undertaken in recent decades contributing to high level of loss of property and lives. Roads constructed in hazard style, new resorts and hotels built on fragile river banks and more than 70 hydroelectric projects in the watersheds of the state led to a "disaster waiting to happen" as termed by certain environmentalists. The environmental experts reported that the tunnels built and blasts undertaken for the 70 hydro electric projects contributed to the ecological imbalance in the state, with flows of river water restricted and the streamside development activity contributing to a higher number of landslides and more flooding.
Heavy floods in Uttarakhand but the Lord Shiva statute is very strong and did not move a inch nor damaged.
Houses and other buildings got crushed down and washed away by the swirling waters. A swollen ganga has engulfed a giant statue of Lord Shiva in the tourist city of Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. Swami Chidananda of Parmarth Ashram Uttarkhand has assured that a new statue of Shiva will soon be placed at the same place as soon as the levels of Ganga goes down.
Many rescue teams saved many people from this disaster . Many states like Gujarat,Maharashtra etc . donated many clothes , food , money to the government. They also raised many camp-awareness programmes to them .
Habitat for Humanity India, a non-governmental housing organization, begins relief efforts to support families affected by the recent Uttarakhand floods. “We will rebuild the lives of 2,000 families in the disaster-struck region over the next two years in a three-stage process”, said Eric Christopher, Habitat for Humanity India.
Habitat will begin by distributing emergency shelter and hygiene kits. Habitat for Humanity India will repair and renovate partially damaged houses, as well as building disaster resilient houses for families who lost their homes in the disaster.
Government statistics estimate that 60 houses were totally destroyed across these three villages, while others were badly damaged.
Kamala’s family is one of 12 families in Satagad village who lost their home and livelihood:
Citizens of Uttarakhand siiting on the terain as their homes have been destroyed
One of the oldest historical significant in Uttarakhand is the Kedarnath Temple Which is situated near Badrinath . Badrinath is the sometime called as the "oldes city " of Utarakhand . Some say that the Kedarnath Temple wasbuilt by Raja Bhoj of Malwa, who reigned between 1076 and 1099 AD. It si situated near the capital Dehradun.
Some of the pilgrims who were brought to safety said barring the Kedarnath shrine and some of the structures adjoining it, most of the residential wings of the temple were damaged.
Bodies of pilgrims were lying in debris of damaged houses, the pilgrims said.
A total of 71,440 pilgrims bound for the Himalayan shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are stranded in Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts of Uttarakhand with the char dham yatra having been suspended.
Photos: Kedarnath temple before and after the Uttarakhand floods
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