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Disasters in Mountains: Increasing Catastrophes in Indian Himalayas

A total of 80 thousand people affected while over 50 people died, 80 villages cut off from mainland, 7 major bridges collapsed, 60 km of national highway damaged, 1700 families affected, 1400 didn't get any assistance with a total estimate loss of Rs. 600 crores in Uttarkashi from 3rd Aug 2012 flash flood and landslide. Again on 13th Sep 2012 night 70 people died in the landslide and flash flood that devastated 10 villages and affected lives of thousands of families and eroded almost 30 Km. of road network with a loss of 47 crores INR. We witnessed that many houses completely buried under mud and rubble. Similar was the case in Assam and Sikkim region of North East India. The soldiers of the Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police carried out the rescue work throughout joined by many volunteers from villages nearby. That was the brief story of catastrophe in Uttarkashi and Rudraprayag districts of Uttarakhand state in India.

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