HIMALAYAN TSUNAMI AND ITS DEVASTATING EFFECTS (June 15th-16th 2013 )
AND ITS DEVASTATING
(June 15th-16th 2013 )
In June 2013,
a multiday 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.
500 people dead while 60, 000 stranded as per
Wettest rain in five decades.
Worst floods in NW India in 60 years.
375% above normal rain in Uttarakhand.
Following are the key features of 2013
North India Tsunami:
WAY OF EXCESSIVE FLOODS
144% SURPLUS RAIN HITS UTTARAKHAND
Human impact-580 dead and over 3000 still
Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Uttarkashi and Tehri
Initial assessments suggest 300,000 people have
been affected, 50,000 displaced and roughly
Many villages in the interior of the hilly state remain
cut off due to landslides and getting food,
Kedarnath Valley – one of the worst affected areas – is
only accessible by helicopters.
Bad weather could also disrupt the restoration of
infrastructure and cause roads that have been cleared
to become choked again.
Although the temple withstood the severity of the floods, the temple
complex and surrounding areas were destroyed by the flood, resulting in
the death of several thousands of pilgrims and local people. All the
shops and hotels were destroyed and all roads were broken. Number of
people took shelter inside the temple for hours together , until Indian
army airlifted them to safer places.
DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF THE
TSUNAMI IN UTTARAKHAND
The terrible magnitude of nature's fury in Uttarakhand unfolded on
Wednesday as the death toll rose to 150 with fears that it may go up
substantially as large parts remained under water while hundreds of
houses and buildings lay in ruins.
Massive devastation at Uttarakhand
At present the area is only accessible by air and establishing
the narrow roads and the foot bridges will be crucial. Also
barring the temple everything around remains in shambles
which needs restoration work and as hinted by the
Uttarakhand CM will take at least 2 years, during which no
yatra is possible at all.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Indo-Tibetan Border
Police (ITBP) personnel have so far rescued 32,772 people from different
areas of Uttarakhand following landslides and floods,
Of the 32,772, including pilgrims and residents, 26,538 were rescued by
ITBP while 6,234 were evacuated by NDRF personnel till Monday
Defending its role in the rescue operations in the flood-
ravaged Uttarakhand, ISRO had played its role in the largest
rescue operations in the country, saving thousands of lives.
Uttarakhand floods: ISRO defends role in rescue
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