Last Updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand flood 2013: At least 5,500 killed



Heavy rainfall has caused devastating floods and landslides across North India, especially in the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The Army, ITBP, Border Security Force (BSF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Public Works department and local administration are currently engaged in rescue operations. Similarly heavy rainfall has caused massive flooding in Mahakali river in Nepal. The District Administration Office (DAO) has declared a flood emergency in the area. The bridge over the Mahakali River is currently closed and a red flag has been placed to indicate the sign of danger in the Mahakali bridge. Updates below

Update 2013/07/09
According to Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, death toll in north India floods has reached 5,500. Still 4,500 people are reported to be missing. After July 15 the missing persons will be presumed dead!

Update 2013/06/24; 02:05 UTC

-According to the disaster management minister Yashpal Arya, at least 5,000 people have been killed by flash flood in Uttarakhand.
-About 19,000 people are still stranded in the disaster area.
-The meteorological department has predicted more rains in the region from Monday.

Update 2013/06/22; 17:05 UTC

-Death toll from Uttarakhand flood has further risen to 680. Around 123 bodies have been recovered from the Kedarnath temple complex alone.
-According to Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, the death toll from Himalayan Tsunami is likely to be around 1,000.
-More than 10,000 people have been evacuated from flood-ravaged Uttarakhand today. In all, 70,000 stranded people have been brought to safety.

Update 17:00 UTC

According to Uttarakhand state Chief Minister Vijay Bahguna, death toll from Uttarakhand flood has further risen to 556.

Update 2013/06/21; 12:05 UTC

-According to Home Minister Sushil Kumar, death toll from Uttarakhand flood has risen to 207. About 34,000 people have been rescued but 50,000 people are still stranded. Out of this, about 9,000 people are stranded in Kedarnath and Badrinath.
-Approximately 400 Nepali pilgrims are currently trapped at Badrikedar. At least 29 Nepalese have been airlifted to Rishikesh by the Indian government.

Update 11:50 UTC
The Uttarakhand government has declared three-day state mourning. A three-day state mourning from June 20-22 has been declared in view of the Uttarakhand tragedy.
The Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre has opened following roads today (via Times of India).
Joshimath-Karnaprayag
Rishikesh-Uttarakshi
Dharasu-ChambaGochar
Rudraparayag-Shrinagar-Rishikesh
Pauri-Kotdwar
Guptkashi-Mayali-Tibtiya-Tehri
Uttarkashi-Chinyalisaur
Karnaparayag-Ranikhet-Kathgodam
Dharasu-Badkot- Damra-Dehradun
Mayali-Tiwara-Rudraprayag
Chainyalisaur-Subakholi -Mussoorie
Ghansali-Tipri-Devprayag
Ghansali- Tipri- New Tehri
Tehri-Chamba-Mussorie
Chamba-Rishikesh
Tuni-Chakrata -Sahiya-Kalsi-Dehradun

Update 2013/06/20; 02:00 UTC
-Death toll from Uttarakhand flood has risen to 150.
-More than 70,000 people are still reported to be missing.
-Chief minister Vijay Bahuguna has described the Uttarakhand calamity as a "Himalayan Tsunami"

Update
Below is the list of rescued people with Name, Address and City issued by Rudraprayag District Relief Operation (uploaded by eUttaranchal).
List also includes at least 10 people from Nepal. More than four hundred Nepali pilgrims bound for Badrinath-Kedarnath have been stranded in Uttarakhad State of India, Kantipur has written in its online edition.





































































Update 15:05 UTC

-According to Indian Army, about 9,000 people have rescued so far from areas around Uttarkashi.
-Following Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, about 500 roads and 175 bridges have been destroyed.

Update 13:15 UTC
-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi has conducted aerial survey of Uttarakhand.
-PM Manmohan Singh has also announced Rs 1000 crores for Uttarakhand disaster relief fund.
-Massive flooding and mudslides at Kedarnath Temple has claimed lives of at least 50 people.

Update 2013/06/19; 06:30 UTC
-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi will visit flood-hit Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh today.
According to Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, the Prime Minister and Congress chief will be going to do an aerial survey of Kedarnath in the afternoon.
-The Uttar Pradesh government has announced a Rs 25 crore (USD 4.2 million) financial aid to disaster area.
-Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has opened helpline & control room for info on Uttarakhand /HP disaster. Disaster helpline numbers are 011- 24362892 and 9968383478.

Related post: Kedarnath floods 2013 (updates, pictures, videos)

Massive flooding and landslides have claimed lives of 131 people in Uttarkhand and Himachal Pradesh, The Times of India reported.

The death toll from Uttarakhand flood alone has reached 102 with worst in Rudraprayag. About 20 people died in Rudraprayag district and 500 people are still reported to be missing. Flood washed away 73 buildings, including 40 hotels.

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

Floods affect 3 crore Indians every year.

Below are some photos of flooding in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

This is a photo of collapse building into the river Ganga in northern India's pilgrimage town of Uttarkashi (Source REUTERS/ANI via Reuters TV).

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Statue of Lord Shiva being washed away in Rishikesh town in the Indian state of Uttrakhand (Source AFP PHOTO/ STR)

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This is a view of the overflowing Mandakini River damaging houses in Kedarnath Valley (Source PTI)

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National Disaster Response Force personnel involved in rescue operation of Sikh devotees from Hemkunt Sahib Gurudwara. Hemkund Sahib is a Sikh place of worship Gurudwara (Source AP).

landslide rescue work

Photo below shows bulldozer and other vehicles drifted in a flooded river in Uttarkashi district (Source AP).

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Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was also stranded in Kinnaur district for nearly 60 hours due to landslides. He was later rescued by a chopper hired by his Congress party.

More than a dozen helicopters have been deployed in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh for flood relief and rescue operations. Food, medicines and blankets have been air-dropped in remote areas of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

Similarly the Delhi government has also started evacuating people from low-lying areas along the banks of the Yamuna.

Below is video of temple being washed away in Utarakhand flood.



The monsoon arrived early in Nepal and northern India this year. Flooding in Nepal has also claimed lives of dozen of people. Heavy rainfall has caused massive flooding in Mahakali river of Nepal. The District Administration Office (DAO) has declared a flood emergency in the area. The bridge over the Mahakali River is currently closed and a red flag has been placed to indicate the sign of danger in the Mahakali bridge.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 18, 2013
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