Disasters In Mountains: Increasing Catastrophes In Indian Himalayas (Video)

Feb 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Adaptation, Agriculture, Biodiversity, CHI-News, Climatic Changes in Himalayas, Development and Climate Change, Disaster and Emergency, Disasters and Climate Change, Earthquake, Ecosystem Functions, Environment, Financing, Flood, Food, Governance, Land, Lessons, Livelihood, Migration, Mitigation, Population, Poverty, Rainfall, Resilience, River, Urbanization, Vulnerability, Water, Weather, Women

CHI: In recent disasters in Indian Himalayan region we lost many human lives, livestock population, agriculture land, livelihood opportunities and huge infrastructure overnight.  The most affected states due to these calamities in India are Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim and part of West Bengal. The flood in Kosi and Indus basins in Nepal and Pakistan had huge impact on the lives and livelihoods of people in the mountainous parts of these Himalayan countries.Kimothi's report on Disaster UK

It has been observed that given the vulnerability of the region the early warning systems and preparedness efforts were abysmal and even post disaster operation didn’t helped the affected population adequately.

This short video tells about the kind of disaster most frequently the mountain communities face with a case study from Okhimath (in Uttarakhand state of Indian Himalaya) cloud burst and flash flood that lead to death of 70 people .  It has shots of the onsite situation, kind of post disaster measures taken, how the affected are adapting, mitigation measures, and how communities feel about such disasters.

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.

Story Links:
http://chimalaya.org/2012/09/15/landslide-kills-68-in-indian-himalayas/
http://chimalaya.org/2012/08/09/uttarkashi-flash-flood-2012/
http://chimalaya.org/2012/09/14/cloud-burst-disaster-in-uttarakhand-india-upd…
http://chimalaya.org/2012/08/04/the-disaster-emergencies-in-the-indian-mounta…

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