Misra R.N.,SJVNL |
Agarwal S.C.,SJVNL |
Water and Energy International | Year: 2014
The State of Uttarakhand was struck with natural disaster in mid June 2013, due to heavy torrential rains, cloud bursts and landslides, causing unprecedented flash floods which severely affected the State in terms of loss of lives and infrastructure. Thousands got stranded as the connecting roads were completely destroyed. Thousands of villages were either washed off or disconnected from main road network. The volume of devastation multiplied as it was peak tourist season for the State and thousands of tourists were on pilgrimage visit to India’s most sacred places called Char-dham i.e., Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri & Yamunotri. Though all the 13 districts were affected but 4 districts i.e., Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh, Chamoli & Uttarkashi were worst affected. The State suffered heavy losses of infrastructure and economic activity. Tourism sector, the back bone of the hill economy worst hit by the disaster. Char-dham yatra, one the major contributors to state’s economy has also been severely affected. This paper attempts to analyse the causes, impact on infrastructure development, losses and preventive measures to minimise impacts of such occurrences in future. © 2015, Central Board of Irrigation and Power. All rights reserved.