Uttarakhand Disaster & Challenges Of Rehabilitation ! !

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Dinesh Godiyal

The vast devastation caused to life and property in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand-India, has been dubbed as "Himalayan Tsunami". The actual number of deaths and assessment of damage, destruction and devastation due to cloudburst and the flash floods will take time and effort. The torrential rain that lashed through Uttarakhand, the resultant floods and landslides swept away homes, cattle’s, mules, bridges and washed agricultural lands along with the main highways as well as the connecting village roads and footpaths. Howe   ver, now with the rescue operations over, the relief work is in full swing though not being managed in an orderly way. !

Much of the interior villages are scattered in remote mountain area and have been cut off due to landslides. The extent of the devastation will be estimated once the connectivity to the villages is established.

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Uttarakhand Disaster: Results of increasing anthropogenic activities. ! !

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Natural calamities on earth can not be predicted; however the trend of increasing frequency o f occurrence has been realized since last few decades. Despite improvement in Science and  Technology, increases in the loss of assets and human life have been seen due to such calamities. But the big question is, is it the nature which is really accountable for such losses or is it due to human activities.. The Uttarakhand disaster has to be seen asa result of increasing anthropogenic activities in Himalayan regions? 

The young Himalaya has a carrying capacity and which is, infect very low given the rugged and fragile nature of it. During last two decades, pace of development activities including huge infrastructure development was high coupled with manifold increase in human population.