Heavy rains lash north India: 131 dead, 70,000 stranded;

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    Heavy rains lash north India: 131 dead, 70,000 stranded; Kedarnath town ruined


    The famous Kedarnath shrine was virtually submerged in mud and slush where 50 people died in the unprecedented flash floods that claimed over 131 lives in Uttarkhand and Himachal Pradesh and left over 70,000 pilgrims for Himalayan shrines stranded.


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    The shrine, one of the four holy dhams, in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand bore the brunt of torrential rains. About 500 people, including several pilgrims, are said to be missing in the area.

    Military helicopters carried out emergency food drops on Wednesday for thousands of people stranded by flash flooding from early monsoon rains in north India, officials said.

    Thousands of houses have been swept away in the flash floods and authorities are using helicopters to evacuate people and drop essential food supplies.

    Kukhimath sub divisional magistrate Rakesh Tewari told reporters after his return from Kedarnarth that 50 bodies are lying in areas adjacent to the shine.

    "We are right now concentrating on rescuing those who are alive," he said.

    The death toll may rise significantly once water recedes and relief teams are able to access the affected areas.

    A portion of the Kedarnath temple compound was washed away but authorities said no damages were reported to the structure itself.

    The Ram Bada area, a busy spot near the temple, has been completely submerged and was not visible from rescue choppers.

    Army Central Command officials said that nearly 6,000 to 8,000 people are stranded in Kedarnath, 2,500 in Hemkund Sahib and around 8,000 in Badrinath.

    Flash floods, cloudbursts and landslips have so far claimed 131 lives in northern India. Thousands have been displaced in Uttar Pradesh where several rivers are in spate.

    The death toll in Uttarakhand has reached 102. Rudraprayag district was the worst hit with 20 people dead and 73 buildings, including 40 hotels, along the banks of the Alaknanda swept away in the swirling waters of the river.

    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 famous char dham yatra having been suspended due to massive landslides and damage to the road network.

    While 27,040 tourists are stranded in Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi have 25,000 and 9,850 pilgrims from various parts of the country stranded, disaster management authorities said.

    Meanwhile, with a slight let up in the rain today, rescue efforts are being intensified in the affected areas.

    More than a dozen helicopters have been deployed in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh for relief and rescue operations with officials saying that all the stranded people are expected to be evacuated soon.


    Union home secretary RK Singh said food, medicines and blankets were air-dropped in remote areas of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, too, talked to the chief ministers of the two states.

    "We have provided seven helicopters to Uttarakhand. The state government has also hired four private helicopters. We are providing helicopters to Himachal Pradesh. Hopefully, all stranded people will be evacuated today," Singh said in New Delhi.

    Himachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who was stranded in Kinnaur district for nearly 60 hours due to landslides, was evacuated this morning by a chopper hired by his Congress party.

    The threat of flood, meanwhile, loomed large over Delhi as the water level in Yamuna climbed well above the danger mark. Around 1,500 people in the various low-lying areas of east Delhi have been evacuated and sent to relief camps.

    "The water level of Yamuna crossed the danger mark of 204.83-m at 7 AM and reached 205.58-m at 7 PM," an official in the flood and irrigation department said.

    A high alert has been issued in Uttar Pradesh following heavy rainfall across the state and the release of water by several barrages since yesterday.

    Four persons were killed in rain-related incidents in the state, including three teenagers who were struck by lightning in Maharajganj. Another woman was killed and six others injured when a house collapsed in heavy rains in Muzaffarnagar.

    Heavy rains lash north India: 131 dead, 70,000 stranded; Kedarnath town ruined - Hindustan Times
     
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    Here in Some report More than 1000 deaths ..No information about 10000 and 70000 stranded...Army and Air force hELI's are in action to Relief Missions
     
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    Most unfortunate.

    I wonder what happened to the National Disaster Relief Organisation, and if they are there, what are they doing?
     
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    we raped nature and its raping back us,river linking should be taken up immediately
     
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    Officials: Kedarnath route completely cut off, accessible only by choppers. Army providing food, supplies in the inaccessible areas

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    If the route is cut-off by road it is going to hurt the rescue operations tremendously. It will take another week to get these those stranded out of these places. Rescue operation were on hold for sometime due to bad weather.
     
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    true, we humans deserve this. we cut trees ,infact whole jungle,illegal construction, result in these disaster.

    interesting fact is ,we will still not learn from this:rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    Operation Rahat IAF....Operation Surya Hope- Indian Army



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    IAF has deployed 18 Mi-17 and Dhruv helicopters and two AN-32 aircraft for rescue and relief work under 'Operation Rahat', Army has pressed into service 5,600 soldiers, 19 boats, nine helicopters and 10 specialized mountaineering teams under its 'Operation Surya Hope'. The BRO has diverted 3,000 personnel with dozers, excavators, compressors and other equipment from its different road-construction projects.

    Working round the clock, the Army and IAF have rescued well over 6,500 people till now and provided relief material to many more. IAF helicopters have airdropped 9,000 kg of relief material since Now
     
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    The nature-wallas are back in business. Do they even know the height of Kedarnath? And how cutting of trees bring high rainfall or bursts clouds?
     
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    Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and yamnotri yatra now reduced to what it was 50 years ago.. That is walk 150 km over two months.... Not even ponies...

    say good buy to your near and dear ones before going on the yatra for Moksha or mukti....

    The kind of yatra which is performed by people now a days is not accepatable to Mahadev....

    He needs good grass and not scotch freely avaialable in Dharamshalas and Rest / guest houses...
     
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    They are creating new posts and portfolios for themselves in MHA...

    They are only expanding their IAS / IPS empires...
     
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    They do not..
    but common sense knows how cutting the tree ( by the contractors for its commercial exploitation officially or illegally) depletes the soil of the basic foundations to saty where it is.. roots makes the soil stay together..
     
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    Somehow, the choppers deployed are simply not enough. Very small % of people have been extracted so far & the relief material (food/medicines) is not reaching the intended beneficiaries in required quantities. There are many reports pouring in, detailing the bedlam & pandemonium occurring over the limited relief goods. People are getting crushed & breaking their bones in this quest to corner their share.
     
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    Dams in Uttarakhand

    Tehri Dam
    Bhimgoda Barrage
    Pashulok Barrage
    Dakpathar Barrage
    Koteshwar Dam
    Maneri Dam
    Ramganga Dam
    Dhauliganga Dam

    May see the map here

    Map Of Dams In Uttarakhand

    The construction of large dams completely change the relationship of water and land, destroying the existing ecosystem balance which, in many cases, has taken thousands of years to create. Currently there are around 40,000 large dams which obstruct the world's rivers, completing changing their circulation systems: this is not going to occur without dire environmental impacts.

    Throughout the past few years, the negative impacts of dams have become so well known that most countries have stopped building them altogether and are now forced to invest their money into fixing the problems created by existing dams.

    Soil Erosion

    One of the first problems with dams is the erosion of land. Dams hold back the sediment load normally found in a river flow, depriving the downstream of this. In order to make up for the sediments, the downstream water erodes its channels and banks. This lowering of the riverbed threatens vegetation and river wildlife. A major example of soil erosion problems is the Aswan Dam.

    One of the reasons dams are built is to prevent flooding. However, most ecosystems which experience flooding are adapted to this and many animal species depend on the floods for various lifecycle stages, such as reproduction and hatching. Annual floods also deposit nutrients and replenish wetlands.

    Species Extinction

    As fisheries become an increasingly important source of food supply, more attention is being paid to the harmful effects of dams on many fish and marine mammel populations. The vast majority of large dams do not include proper bypass systems for these animals, interfering with their lifecycles and sometimes even forcing species to extinction.

    Spread of Disease

    Dam reservoirs in tropical areas, due to their slow-movement, are literally breeding grounds for mosquitoes, snails, and flies, the vectors that carry malaria, schistosomiasis, and river blindness.

    Changes to Earth's Rotation

    Nasa geophysicist Dr. Benjamin Fong Chao found evidence that large dams cause changes to the earth's rotation, because of the shift of water weight from oceans to reservoirs. Because of the number of dams which have been built, the Earth's daily rotation has apparently sped up by eight-millionths of a second since the 1950s. Chao said it is the first time human activity has been shown to have a measurable effect on the Earth's motion.

    Environmental Impacts of Dams

    Dams and the Environment

    A dam built across a river will obviously have a major effect on the river valley upstream of the dam which will be flooded as the new storage reservoir fills. Less obvious is that the river downstream of the dam will also be significantly affected. Large dam projects are highly individual in their design, geological setting and the construction materials used to build them. They are also individual in their impact on their environment. Some large dam projects in tropical Africa have created lakes hundreds of kilometres long in areas which had large local populations. The major impacts that these projects had on the plant, animal and human population of the area have been well documented, however it would be a mistake to assume that all dam projects necessarily have similar major impacts on the environment.

    Some adverse effects of building a dam are easy to mitigate during the design of the dam as the following example shows. Fifty years ago a typical dam could release water only from the bottom of the storage reservoir. This water was very different from the water that would have flowed down the river before the building of the dam. Water from the bottom of a storage is usually cold and depleted in oxygen compared to normal river water and this had adverse effects on animal life in the river downstream of the dam. Since about the 1980s dam outlet works are usually specifically designed so that the adverse effects described above do not occur when water is released from the dam. Today's dams have an intake tower with withdrawal ports at different levels so that water can be released from the top layer of the reservoir regardless of the storage level at the time.

    Provision of fish ladders is another example where dam design can remove or reduce an adverse effect of dam building. Today every reasonable effort is usually made to reduce the effect of the dam project on the environment eg borrow areas for clay, sand and gravel construction materials needed to build the dam are located, if possible, in the area which will be flooded by the reservoir so that the disturbed areas will not be visible after the dam is completed.

    Not all adverse effects can be so easily removed. Building a dam changes forever the flow regime in the river: floods are much reduced in frequency and size and the natural pattern of short duration floods and long periods of low flows is changed to a less variable flow regime. In fact the reduction in flooding may be one of the reasons for building the dam in the first place. Flooding is damaging to humans and their property but may be necessary in the life cycles of some species of trees, fish and birds. It may be possible to at least partially mitigate these adverse effects on the natural environment by arranging water releases from the dam at specific times of the year to mimic the natural flooding that occurred before the dam was built.

    The Dam Site

    Lastly, because of deforestation, landslides are but obvious.

    By building dams, they check the flow of the water and hence cause pollution downstream since the reduced flow of water cannot sweep away the muck along and into the ocean.
     
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    There is no dam above Kedarnath, and it is almost above tree line and it was hit the worst.

    I am not denying the fact that there bad planning in the mountains, but there is not reason to jump the gun everytime there is a natural disaster. What we are lacking here more is the post-disaster management skills.
     
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    Due to massive cloud brusts which keep occuring in the areas almost evry alternate year...

    There was a massive earthquake in uttarkashi a few years back...

    It is rumoured the DC uttarkashi and local politicians and UP chief minister made massive bucks for their lives to go smoothly in a regent style for their life times....

    two hoots to those unworthy hill folks.. who cares for them including for those ungratefull rivers which only kill them...

    Those rivers are of use only to plains sounthe . east and west of Hardwar......

    Those holy rivers exist in those mountains only to bring misery and devastation to the local population.. they are neither capable of being used for drinking water not for irrigation..
     
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    Because there is not enough water there! No value for money. Just because you can go up to Kedarnath does not mean you can build dams there.

    I do not want to get into the discussion of who got what. The unworthy folks also pay bribes to get their houses, dhabas and hotels on the river bed.
     
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    I believe Uttarakhand CM is holidaying in Switzerland with family at this time - left after the flooding started.
     
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    I was seeing the TV and saw many complaining about the Govt 'not doing enough' for the pilgrims in Uttarakhand and how they have been left high and dry!

    While one understands their anger and consternation, yet, it is not only the govt which is to blame but also the pilgrims.

    Indeed, the Govt should have been aware of the environmental warnings and should have catered for the same.

    But what about the pilgrims?

    They went there because of their strong faith in their religion.

    Indeed, a great thing.

    But did they prepare themselves, mentally and physically, for the journey and weigh the pros and cons?

    They went ahead with all the pros and cons weighed with their religious fervours as their motivator.

    So, how is the Govt to blame when catastrophe struck?

    Is the Govt responsible for every action that happens because of the wrath of God?

    Do these people expect that bridges should be so built wherein they do not collapse? Roads should be so made that they do not get washed away?

    And if they do, then the Govt should have helipads all over, including in areas where helicopter operations are not possible, to rescue all or be damned?

    Now, if the Govt starts regulating traffic and only allow a certain amount of pilgrims that they can manage, control and rescue, then there will be hell to play from the bleeding heart activists.

    So, let us not blame the Govt.

    Blame yourself that you were thinking that the pilgrimage was one Free Lunch and the Govt has to be responsible for everything!

    If one wants to climb Mt Everest and one does not take into account the dangers and pitfalls, is the Nepal Govt responsible for not ensuring that one becomes the 'n'th conqueror of Everest?
     
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    Mountain look very spectacular from distance. Prostitutes look very beautiful when they make-up. War stories are very interesting. All these three things are interesting from distance.Better be away from them !!!


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