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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).
Dharasu-Badkot- Damra-Dehradun
Chainyalisaur-Subakholi -Mussoorie
Ghansali- Tipri- New Tehri
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"

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).


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


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


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).


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


  1. Please Please Please underline that environment and natural catastrophes is no more a local problem it is global problem that needs to be understood from deeper level deduced to energy and matter ratio and earth's struggle to maintain certain equilibrium.
    When huge disaster by flood/snow, fire, earthquakes, occurs there is huge cry in media, leader make statements, and then everyone forgets, leaving the people to suffer and recover and as usual they go about exploiting nature. The fact of the matter is that earth is becoming fragile under human greed and reckless exploitation of nature. There are lots of scientific data in this regard. It is proven that earth's magnetic pole is shifting at a huge pace and its shied is deteriorating. From a simple understanding of earth's "Design and Principle" I had been writing to leaders of nations, temples of science, media and in social media for many many years pointing to the fact that we are tending to great destruction from forces of Mother Nature. It is common sense when a system is heated uniformly it breaks down. From the days of industrial era we have been exponentially increasing the heat of the environment. We have been recklessly destroying the greenery and with globalization we have recklessly intruded into the night cycle in which Earth works to convert heat into matter and thus tries to balance the system. Earth is non-linear system that is being pushed to its critical limit and she is reacting violently - if we do not awaken now, destruction coming our way would be unimaginable. Simple realization of "principle and design" and functioning of earth and a global action to control the energy of the environment can alleviate Mother Earth - some media please bring this to the world and awaken the leaders of nations - People reading this you could be next at the receiving end - please viral this to awaken - Knowledge is the only way to survive


  2. Its a total disaster, very sad to see the havoc


  4. indeed its very sad but who is to be blamed. its we who are responsible for this devastation . we should work together to help the survivors and for the victims also.yeh dekh kar man udaas ho jaata hai ki hum aisi trasadi se bhi sabak kyun nahi le pate.

  5. Iowa Nepalese Association, all nepalese living in Iowa, USA starting a campaign to collect a donation to support and help for all these victims. Please share this link in your social media and donate if you can.


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