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Last Updated: Sunday, August 5, 2012

Uttarkashi, India hit by worst natural tragedy in 34 years


Disaster Report: Recent Uttarkashi flood has been declared as the worst natural tragedy to hit the area in 34 years .
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Original Post: Natural Disasters List August 5, 2012



-Death toll from Uttarkashi flash floods has risen to 31. More than 50  people are still reported to be missing.
-The floods caused heavy landslides in the state. A stretch of Gangotri national highway washed away by floods.
-Three rescuers of the fire brigade department also died at Gangori area of  Uttarkashi district.
-Chardham yatra has also been suspended. About 200 families were evacuated from low lying regions of Uttarkashi to higher ground.
-Flash floods alert issued for Jammu region too. The water level in Chenab, Tawi, Ujh and Basantar rivers are nearing the danger mark in Jammu and Kashmir.
-It's been declared the worst natural tragedy to hit Uttarkashi in 34 years.
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An Indian villager watching fast moving water during a flash flood of the Tawi river
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of the Tawi river; Source AFP
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An Indian villager carrying her belongings during flash flood; Source AFP
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