Updates On Uttarkashi Cloudburst and Flashflood 2012

Aug 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Biodiversity, Development and Climate Change, Disasters and Climate Change, Ecosystem Functions, Flood, Food, India, Information and Communication, Lessons, Livelihood, M-20 CAMPAIGN, Mitigation, MOUNTAIN ISSUES, News, Population, Rainfall, River, Vulnerability, Water, Weather, Women

 

Plan India/ SBMA:  On August 3rd and 4th night incidences of cloudbursts occurred in Uttarkashi area. It was around midnight when suddenly people noticed increasing water level with debris in the local rivers. People immediately started shifting from their houses  and tried to move to the safer locations. Some people were able to shift with their belongings, but some were not so lucky. With in hours the flow of flash flood washed away hundreds of houses, shops, roads and bridges. The townships Bhatwari and Dunda in Uttarkashi districts are badly hit by this flood disaster. The connectivity between Uttarkashi town and Bhatwari Block is completely destroyed. The bridges collapsed, homes, shops, village path, electricity and water facilities are damaged and hundreds of hectares of agriculture land is destroyed. There is no damage estimation available for livestock population.

Damage assessment as of 8th August 2012:

The major damage has occurred around Uttarkashi township, which is 210 Km. from state capital Dehradun in Uttarakhand. The national highway from Uttarkashi to Gangotri are completely blocked. The bridge connecting Uttarkashi town and Bhatwari block at Gangori village is collapsed and almost 80 villages are totally cutoff . There is no way to communicate with the people in those areas.

Following is the brief of damage assessment conducted by the Government administration and Non Government organizations:

  1. 34 persons died and some are missing from the area where team could reach, as mentioned 80 villages are totally cutoff and as of now (8 Aug 2012) no information is available from these villages.
  2. 7 Bridges of vehicle and 6 Bridges of footpath were washed away resulting in no connectivity with Bhatwari area. Electricity supply to these villages is completely erupted and landline and mobile connectivity is also completely down. 60 Kilometers of National highway is damaged at many locations.
  3. 1700 families are affected from Gangori to Uttarkashi. Most of the families are presently living with their known people and kith and kin. 922 people of approx. 280 families are living in 13 relief camps in Uttarkashi City established by Government in Joshiyara and Gangori.
  4. No contact has been established (as of date) with seven villages of Sangamchatti area, 3 villages of Gyansu area and 80 villages of Bhatwari Block.
  5. Around a population of 80000 is affected from this disaster.
  6. Government has assessed a loss of Rs. 600 crores in the area where they have been able to receive damage information. This will certainly increase as and  when the information is available from unreached area.
  7. Considering the extent of damage, Rs. 20 crores sanctioned by  government is nothing.

 Responses by Government and Civil society organisations

The state government has approved Rs.20crores for relief. INR 2700/- is distributed to each family that are living in the Government relief camps (approx. 280 families). By now 13 relief camps have been established by District administration, in which 922 people are living from 280 families. Approx 1400 families are living with their own relatives/friends or in hired spaces. These 1400 families did not get any assistance as of now. Since it  is pilgrimage season, the government has tried to rescue the pilgrims, but still around 100 pilgrims are stuck in between Gangori and Gangotri townships. The Civil society organisations are pro-actively responding to the needs of the communities. The Inter Agency Group (IAG) is active in the region and more then 50 people in 11 teams are doing a detailed assessment of the damages and emergency needs in block Bhatwari. The teams would be able to produce the information in next 2 -3 days (up to Friday). Currently most of these areas are inaccessible.

Emerging needs: Immediate

  1. Quality food in relief camps,
  2. Milk powder/liquid milk
  3. Stoves (Carosine) and kitchen utensils
  4. Beddings – ground mattress, Dari and blankets,
  5. Chlorine tablets,
  6. Water Purifier
  7. Clothing for children, ladies and gents
  8. School books, School bags, Children shoes, work books (copies)
  9. Sanitary napkins, separate spaces for women (small tents) for personal purposes such as bath, change rooms etc.
  10. Plastic buckets and mugs,
  11. Soaps (bath), Detergent powder for hand wash,
  12. Shoes and chappals for all age groups
  13. Solar lanterns/ torches (solar/ battery).
  14. Ropes and rucksacks

 Medicines:

  1. Amoxicillin 250mg  tab and Syrup
  2. Albendazole – 400mg tabs and syrup
  3. Metronidazole 400mg tab and Syrup
  4. Benzyl benzoate 25% lotion /BOT
  5. Ibuprofen 400mg tabs and Syrup
  6. Paracetamol 500mg tabs and Syrup
  7. Gentamycine eye ointment and drops
  8. Zinc 20mg tablets and Syrup
  9. ORS (7)
  10. Betadine lotion and ointment
  11. Mag-sulf ointment
  12. Bandage and Cotton – one packet
  13. Dettol/Savlon solution

 Short Term needs

  1. Tarpaulin,
  2. Community tents,
  3. Sleeping bags

Long term requirements

Livelihood restoration activities

About Uttarkashi District

Uttarkashi district lies in Uttarakhand State of India. It is situated in the north and forms the part of the youngest mountain range known as Himalaya. Geographically Uttarkashi district is spread over in 8061sq. kilometers and approx. 329,000 people live here and nearly 93% of total population lives in rural area. Many famous Hindu pilgrimages are situated in this area. Uttarkashi area is also famous for the origin of river Ganga, also known as “Ganges.  Uttarkashi Districts have 6 blocks and the district head quarter is situated in Uttarkashi town.

Report and Photo: Mr. Suresh Balodi, State Manager, Plan India, Uttarakhand Email: balodi.suresh@planindia.org  Mobile: 09721009922

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A Situation Analysis Report

By SBMA Plan, Uttarakhand, India

SBMA-Plan was deployed 11 teams in the affected area for the assessment of damages & losses and affects of the recent Uttarkashi Disaster (flash flood). The teams have visited to 85 villages of the affected area between 4th Aug-12 to 7th Aug-12. Finally the team has completed the assessment task and on 8th Aug-12, the information has been consolidated. As per the assessment of the situation report of the area is given below:

Sl. No.

Name of Village

Name of the block

Situation

Emerging needs

Gangori, Pata, Tekhla, Sangrali Bhatwari
  1. Total 94 families have been affected and most of them have lost their houses fully or partially.
  2. Total 8 families out of 94 have lost their shops & hotels
  3. Total 392 people (216 male & 176 female) of these families are affected and currently living in relief camps, with their relatives or native places.
  4. Total 190 children (113 boys & 77 girls) are also affected from these families

Others:

  1. The bridge over national highway have been collapsed
  2. Other damages like road, Ashram property have been damaged
  3. Transport, water & power supply has disturbed
  4. The agriculture land of many people have also been destroyed
  • Food, Shelter, utensils, blankets, sleeping bag, community tents, daily needs commodities, medicine, water filter, candle or light, school kit, hygiene kit etc

 

  • Restoration of livelihood of the affected people

 

  • Rehabilitation/ reconstruction of houses
Gangori (Ganeshpur side) Bhatwari
  1. Total 60 families are affected
  2. Out of 60 families, total 35 were shopkeepers and 25 have residential houses and these 25 families have 97 family members (56 male, 41 female including 27 boys & 13 girls)
  3. They lost their houses and also lost all the material including food and other items
  4. One family has also lost their own Car & one lost the cow
  5. Total 5 person have been died including 3 government employee of fire service department

Others:

  1. The fire department has lost some vehicles, office building and the records also
  2. The forest department have lost their property including the visitor’s park, colony building etc
  3. The supply of Ration, Daily needs items, water, transportation, electricity etc are also affected
  • Food, Shelter, utensils, blankets, sleeping bag, community tents, daily needs commodities, medicine, water filter, candle or light, school kit, hygiene kit etc

 

  • Restoration of livelihood of the affected shopkeepers

 

  • Reconstruction of houses
Ghatsour (Nald) Bhatwari
  1. 29 families have lost their houses, latrines, food items, daily needs items, assets, kitchen garden etc
  2. 88 members are in these 29 families (42 male & 46 female including 17 boys & 19 girls)
  3. The supply of Ration, Daily needs items, water, transportation, electricity etc are also affected
  • Food, Shelter, utensils, blankets, sleeping bag, community tents, daily needs commodities, medicine, water filter, candle or light, school kit, hygiene kit etc

 

  • Restoration of livelihood of the affected shopkeepers

 

  • Reconstruction of houses
Chinwa (lower) Bhatwari
  1. Total 40 families are affected, some of the houses are collapsed and some are partially damages or in vulnerable situation. total 154 members (83 male & 71 female including 45 boys & 30 girls) are in these families
  2. The supply of Ration, Daily needs items, water, transportation, electricity etc are also affected
  • Food, Shelter, utensils, blankets, sleeping bag, community tents, daily needs commodities, medicine, water filter, candle or light, school kit, hygiene kit etc
  • Restoration of livelihood of the affected shopkeepers

 

  • Reconstruction of houses
Syuna Bhatwari
  1. 6 families are affected and all have reported that the cowshed have been damages by the flash flood
  2. Total 37 members are in these families (22 male & 15 female including 12 boys & 6 girls)
  • Food & daily need
  • Schooling
  • Repairing of cowsheds
Jamak Bhatwari
  1. 12 families are reported that the land 26 nali agriculture land of 11 families have been destroyed and  4 families have also lost their cowshed
  2. Total 63 members (36 male & 27 female including 23 goys and 13 girls) are in these families
  • Restoration of agriculture land and repairing of cowshed
  • Supply of Ration & daily needs commodities

 

Jadaow Bhatwari
  1. 7 houses are fully damaged and families are living with their relatives & native places and 3 of them are in the cowshed
  2. The village is approx. 16 km far from the road and the footpath is also damaged at many locations
  3. The schools building, villages & school path and the bridge is also damaged
  4. There is no electricity and no transportation facilities are available
  5. The health and education is become a big issues of the village
  6. In village Jadaow approx 45 families are living presently and the population is approx. 200
  • Food, Shelter, utensils, blankets, sleeping bag, community tents, daily needs commodities, medicine, candle or light, school kit, hygiene kit etc
Pilang Bhatwari
  1. 1 person has been dead due to land slide now total 4 members are in the family including 2 boys and a girl. The family do not have any source of income now

About the village:

  1. The village is approx. 18 km far from the road and the footpath is also damaged at many locations
  2. The schools building, villages path is also damaged
  3. There is no electricity and no transportation facilities are available
  4. The health and education is become a big issues of the village
  5. In village Pilang approx 100 families are lived and the population is approx. 400
  • Food, daily needs commodities, medicine, candle or light, school kit, hygiene kit etc
Siror Bhatwari
  • Total 16 families have lost their cowshed and one family has reported to have cracks in their house.
  • Total 73 members (40 male & 33 female including 20 boys & 15 girls) are in these families
  • Repairing of cowshed
  • Food & daily needs supply
Naitala Bhatwari
  • The cowshed of Shri Sripati Lal is damaged and total 5 family members are affected
  • Repairing of cowshed
  • Food and daily needs
Beerpur Dunda Dunda
  • Total 11 families are affected and lost their houses and other property including cash
  • One person (Late Kamlesh Joshi) has been died from Joshiyara, PWD colony and the dead body is still no covered
  • The wall of Shiv Mandir has also destroyed
  • Food, Shelter, utensils, blankets, sleeping bag, community tents, daily needs commodities, medicine, water filter, candle or light, school kit, hygiene kit etc
 

  • Reconstruction of houses
Joshiyara- Kali Ram Mohalla, Patwari Chowki, Kaluda Bhawan, Semwal Bhawan, Bhandari Bhawan, Rangarh bhawan, Panchayat Bhawan, Near Julla Pul, Sera Joshiyara, PWD Colony etc Bhatwari
  • Total 122 families are affected
  • Most of the affected people have lost their houses, property, food, daily need items, cash, hotels, shops, milk dairy material, tailoring items etc
  • Total 537 members (350 male & 187 females including 92 boys and 83 girls) are affected
  • The part of PWD colony is also damaged
  • Food, Shelter, utensils, blankets, sleeping bag, community tents, daily needs commodities, medicine, water filter, school kit, hygiene kit etc
  1. Some of them are in local rehabilitation camps and some are shifted to their relatives & native places
  2. The families who lost their hotels & shops, have a issues of their livelihood
  1. The Jhulla Pul (lifeline of Uttarkashi) has been collapsed
  2. The Hand pump at Joshiyara main is also damaged
 

  • Livelihood restoration

 

  • Reconstruction of houses
Tiloth, Tiloth colony, Tiloth Sera, Power house, Mandon, Dhaba namak Tok, Tiloth Mandon Road Bhatwari
  1. 159 families as affected partially or fully.
  2. Total 713 members (395 male & 313 female including 189 boys & 143 girls) are in these families
  3. Most of the families have reported to lost their houses, domestic good, shops, cattle yard/cowshed, cottage and other food & daily need items but some of them have reported to comes in a dangerous zone. In addition to this some families have lost their livelihood and agriculture land also
  4. The motor bridge at Tiloth is damaged so that the people movement to Uttarkashi main city is totally disconnected
  5. The Maneri Bhali Power Project is partially damaged
  6. The private school at Tiloth is also damaged
  • Food, Shelter, utensils, blankets, sleeping bag, community tents, daily needs commodities, medicine, water filter, school kit, hygiene kit etc

 

  • Livelihood restoration

 

  • Reconstruction of houses
Kyark, Bhatwari (Gabbar Colony), Tihar, Raithal, Chadethi Market, Bhatwari
  1. Total 56 families are affected in all the villages 15 families out of them from Kyark villages are fully affected.
  2. In Kyark village, 3 houses are fully damaged and 12 are partially damaged. The affected families are living with their relatives and native places.
  3. The health & education is affected in the whole area
  4. Total 31 shops and hotel are damaged in Chadethi market and now they are facing problem of their livelihood
  5. The road connectivity is fully damaged at many location from Gangori onwards
  6. The bridge at National highway is also damaged at Silkyari Gad
  7. No footpath & road connectivity between
  • Food, Shelter, utensils, blankets, sleeping bag, community tents, daily needs commodities, medicine, water filter, school kit, hygiene kit etc

 

  • Livelihood restoration

 

  • Reconstruction of houses
Sangamchatti market, Seku, Agoda, Dandalka, Dhasra, Bhankoli, Naugaon & Gajoli Bhatwari
  1. Total 576 families of all 7 villages are affected by the flash flood. 3002 members (1529 male & 1473 female) are the part of these families.
  2. All the houses at Sangamchatti has been fully damaged, resulted total 35 shopkeepers have lost their good and other materials and now they are facing the problem of livelihood
  3. More then 50 families are in the Chhannis at Manjhi, Bevra, Paniyara tok, Chanchiriya tok and they totally disconnected from their villages & other area also due to the damages of footpath and connecting bridges
  4. 8 families of Agoda are reported to comes in the dangerous zone and part of their houses and cowshed are damaged
  5. Now the area is fully cut-off from the district head quarter and because their is no road connectivity, no mobile network and the footpath is also damaged at many locations
  6. All the families of this area have reported to have the food crises and they do not have any grain storage and the local market-Sangamchatti is totally collapsed.
  7. People are also facing the health problem
  8. There is no electricity and they do have any other source of light like candle, solar light, kerosene oil etc.
  9. The area has been damaged at many locations due to cloud burst happened 3 times in this monsoon season
  10. The source of drinking water is also damaged in most of the villages
  11. The Government High School at Kalyani has fully collapsed and now the issue of children’s education is also emerging
  12. 3 power projects are under construction but due to massive flood, most of the works have been damaged
  13. The fish pond and a Ashram is also damaged
  14. 5-6 connecting bridges are collapsed
  15. The water line of Uttarkashi is fully damaged from the source at Sangamchatti area
  16. Total 31 people are recorded to died by the government and most of death recorded in Sangamchatti area (19 labour and local people of Seku & Gajoli village)
  • Food, utensils, blankets, sleeping bag, community tents, daily needs commodities, medicine, water filter, school kit, hygiene kit etc

 

  • Livelihood restoration for shop keepers

 

  • Reconstruction of houses, pipeline, bridges and school at Sangamchatti
Gujjar Communities Bhatwari
  1. Total 190 Gujjars are in Gaolanami, Dodhital, Charhunami tok, Gugoranai tok, Satgarhinami tok Lamidhar and Batlinami locations
  2. Presently they are facing the food crises and marketing of their milk products
  3. They also shared that the will face the problem to move their catteles from these locations to Gangori area due to the damages of road
  • Food, medicine, veterinary services  etc
  • Repairing of local footpath

Report prepared by:  Mr. Gopal Thapliyal,  Project Manager, SBMA-Plan Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand India Email: gopalthapliyal@sbmahimalaya.org   Mobile:  9411142957

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