DISASTER: MAN MADE
OR NATURE’S FURY..
Flooding in Uttrakhand
Other affected regions
How local people looted pilgrims.
Rescue and relief operations.
Causes of the disaster
Measures to reduce the intensity
Uttarakhand has a total
land area of
53,584sqkm of which
94% is mountaneous.
Most of the area is
covered by himalayan
peaks and glaciers.
Two major rivers(Ganga
and yamuna) originate
from the glaciers of
FLOODING IN UTTRAKHAND…
From 15 to 18 June
2013, Indian state
of Uttrakhand and
adjoining area received
heavy rainfall, which was
about 375 percent more
than the benchmark
rainfall during a normal
16th and 17th June,2013
The Day of Destruction
happened in history of
The massive rainfall and cloud
burst events were happening at
multiple places, including in
Bhagirathi basin, Assiganga basin,
Mandakini Basin, Badrinath region,
other places in Alaknanda region
from 15 June 2013 to around 18
This lead to melting
of Chorabari Glacier at the
height of 3800 metres, and
eruption of the Mandakini
River which led to heavy floods
near Kedar Dome, Rudraprayag
district, Uttarakhand, Himachal
It is considered to be the largest natural disaster after tsunami occurred in
According to the official records
400 houses were destroyed and
265 were damaged
4,200 villages were victims of
6,000 people were dead,10,000
were injured and 1,00,000 were
stuck in the valley
Landslides, due to the floods,
damaged several houses and
structures, killing those who
were trapped Over 70,000
people were stuck.
Major roads,telephone towers were
destroyed due to which
communication with the outer world
20,000 crores loss was
reported,which may be in the form
of destruction of houses roads,cars
Tourism constitutes about 30% of
the state’s income which was lost
All the shops and hotels were
destroyed and all roads were
RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATION
The Army, Air Force, Navy, Indo-Tibetan
Border Police (ITBP), Border Security Force,
National Disaster Response
Force (NDRF), Public Works Department and
local administrations worked together for
quick rescue operations.
Several thousand soldiers were deployed for
the rescue missions.
Activists of political and social organizations
are also involved in the rescue and
management of relief centres.
Helicopters were used to rescue people, but
due to the rough terrain, heavy fog and
rainfall, maneuvering them was a challenge.
By 21 June 2013, the Army had
deployed 10,000 soldiers and 11
helicopters, the Navy had sent 45 naval
divers, and the Air force had deployed
43 aircraft including 36 helicopters.
From 17 June to 30 June 2013, the IAF
airlifted a total of 18,424 people - flying
a total of 2,137 sorties and
dropping/landing a total of 3,36,930 kg
of relief material and equipment.
Prime Minister of India undertook an
aerial survey of the affected areas and
announced 1,000 crore (US$170 million
) aid package for disaster relief efforts
in the state. Several state governments
announced financial assistance,
Special trains were employed by
the government all over the
country to cater the needs of the
Indian army showed extreme levels
of courage in saving the people in
spite of the helicopter crash
occurred during the missionoperation Rahat.
Even the Corporates joined hand to help the people..
CAUSES OF THE DIASTER
Melting of glaciers, because of
global warming has been of the
reasons. Pollution and global
warming accounted for the melting
Violation of environmental laws and
deforestation has also accounted
Building of hydro electricity plants
and increase in the infrastructural
facilities have weaken the mountain
causing land slides.
Ecologists point out that the huge
expansion of hydro-power projects
and construction of roads to cope with
the lakhs of tourists in Uttarakhand
and Himachal Pradesh has
compounded the scale of the disaster
Currently 70 dams exist in the Char
dham area alone.The dam
constructions involve blasting of hills
which increase the risk of land slides.
More than 220 power and mining
projects are running in 14 river valleys
Several rivers are being diverted
through tunnels for these projects
leadung to major disasters in the state.
Protecting the environment can
only be the way to reduce the
risk of such disasters
Putting cap on number of
tourists may be a
solution, which reduces the
hotels, expansion of roads.
Keeping a check on illegal
constructions and on
Using latest equipments to
predict the probability of rains
Alerting and transferring
people to safe zones at proper
Training the people on how to
take basic safety measures.