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India floods: 'Thousands still missing' in Uttarakhand

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23123795

Nearly 3,000 people are still missing following floods and landslides which hit India's Uttarakhand state a fortnight ago, the chief minister of the state has said.

More than 800 people are reported to have been killed so far but Vijay Bahuguna said the exact number of deaths may never be known.

Hundreds of people are still trapped in the Badrinath area, reports say.

Some 100,000 people have already been evacuated from the flood-hit region.

This year's early monsoon rains in the Uttarakhand region are believed to be the heaviest in 80 years.

Swollen rivers have swept away entire villages in the state, where there were many travellers in what is peak tourist season.
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"We will never know the exact number of the dead and the number of people buried or washed away," Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna told the Press Trust of India news agency.

"According to my information about 3,000 people are still missing. We will compensate their families. They have to give an affidavit saying that their relatives have not returned home for more than 30 days."

Officials say many bodies may have been washed away or remain buried under debris. Some of the bodies were recovered in rivers downstream from the flood zone.

Distraught relatives clutching photographs of missing family members have been waiting for days in the state capital, Dehradun, hoping for news.

The Indian military has been flying helicopters into the mountains to evacuate tens of thousands of people trapped by damaged roads and landslides.

Reports say some 900 Hindu pilgrims and tourists are still stranded in the Badrinath, one of the worst-affected areas. They are expected to be evacuated on Monday.

While most of the stranded people have been rescued, the extent of the damage to the local communities is still unclear.
 

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The saddest part of the tragedy in Uttarakhand is that this place is literally littered with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims which include Hindus flocking to many Hindu temples and the same could be said for the Hemkuntian Sikhs. The paths to these so called "Cleansing H(e)avens" are full of garbage thrown by these 'pious people' who would not give two hoots about keeping the environment pristine as commanded by the rules of humanity leaving the religious side aside. These places stink of feces, horse/mule manure, rotting garbage in the plastic bags. As a result the snow white paths have become blackened foul smelling slurpee to tread on.

What kind of Spiritual journey is this, the pilgrims should ask themselves?

And when the changing patterns of the weather as it is happening the world over, get to the places like these among the breath taking mountains surrounded by the beautiful glaciers, they become more dangerous and treacherous with the rains and raging river waters.

Now comes the decision who to be taken care of first by the armed forces as there is very little infrastructure for the locals themselves in these places where the population increases several folds during the pilgrimage season. Unfortunately, the locals are left holding the short end of the stick because the travelers become the first priority.

I must add that the armed forces are doing the yeoman's job during these tough and in almost impossible circumstances as this picture is the proof itself of their bravura.

Tejwant Singh

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The saddest part of the tragedy in Uttarakhand is that this place is literally littered with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims which include Hindus flocking to many Hindu temples and the same could be said for the Hemkuntian Sikhs. The paths to these so called "Cleansing H(e)avens" are full of garbage thrown by these 'pious people' who would not give two hoots about keeping the environment pristine as commanded by the rules of humanity leaving the religious side aside. These places stink of feces, horse/mule manure, rotting garbage in the plastic bags. As a result the snow white paths have become blackened foul smelling slurpee to tread on.

What kind of Spiritual journey is this, the pilgrims should ask themselves.

And when the changing patterns of the weather as it is happening the world over, get to places like these among the breath taking mountains surrounded by the beautiful glaciers, they become more dangerous and treacherous with the rains and raging river waters.

Now comes the decision who to be taken care of first by the armed forces as there is very little infrastructure for the locals themselves in these places where the population increases several folds during the pilgrimage season. Unfortunately, the locals are left holding the short end of the stick because the travelers become the first priority.

I must add that the armed forces are doing the yeoman's job during these tough and in almost impossible circumstances as this picture is the proof itself of their bravura.

Tejwant Singh

The image from this article was moved to the original post so that the Spotlight would not show a blank window. spnadmin

Naavaann challeh TEERATHEEN...Mann KHOTTEH...TAN CHOR !!
 

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