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Kedarnath floods 2013 (updates, pictures, videos)

Update 2013/06/22
Death toll from Uttarakhand flood has further risen to 680. Kedarnath flooding has claimed lives of 123 alone. Click here for latest updates.

Update 2013/06/21

Death toll from Uttarakhand flood has risen to 207. Still 9,000 people are stranded in Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Update 2013/06/20; 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

According to the officials, there would be no Kedarnath pilgrimage for at least  three years.

Below are two videos related to Kedarnath floods prepared by India TV.

Click for detail report on Uttarakhand flood

Massive flooding and mudslides at Kedarnath Temple has claimed lives of at least 50 people.

More than 6000 people are still reported be stranded in the Kedarnath valley. The Kedarnath helipad has been damaged due to floods and hampered the rescue operation.

CNN-IBN has written quoting the Kedarnath-Badrinath Committee chief, Ganesh Godiyal that the Kedarnath shrine is safe but everything else around the temple has been destroyed by the floods. He also said 20 temple staff members are missing.

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.

Recent flooding and landslides have washed away a portion of the Kedarnath shrine compound (Source PTI).


Army personnel rescuing stranded children and other pilgrims to a safe place in flood-hit Govind Ghat in Chamoli (Source PTI).


Below is a photo of a submerged bridge over river Ganga in Rudraprayag (Source PTI).


Kedarnath floods 2013 is believed to be caused by the breaking of the Kedar Dome. Kedar Dome is a glacier-like body that led to a rupture in the Charbari lake reservoir. Kedarnath (केदारनाथ) is one of the holiest Hindu temple located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has opened helpline & control room for info on Uttarakhand /HP disaster. Disaster helpline numbers are 011- 24362892 and 9968383478.

Below is a Kedarnath flooding video prepared by News Express Online.

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.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 19, 2013


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