Massive floods in Uttarkashi district, many feared dead (August 2012)

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#31 Aug 10th, 2012, 18:54
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Originally Posted by livinhimalayas View Post Hi Everyone, thanks for your concerns about me, I am well and so is my family and home.
I haven't logged in for a while so wasn't aware of this,my first thoughts were for you & Paleface, glad to hear you are safe.KK
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Thanks again for all your wishes. We were not in town when the disaster struck, lucky us I would say. Thankfully all our friends and their families in Uttarkashi are fine except for this one boy who lst his family fields in the first flood and now his house in this one. The house is still standing but it has been declared unfit for living and so now they are living in someone else's verandah. We went to meet the family yesterday and the site was very poignant. All that was familiar of the area is gone and replaced by this totally alien landscape dominated by huge boulders and debris. Heartrending to say the least. Met a guru bhai who's house was already compromised in the first flood and was totally taken away land and all by this one. What was remarkable was his total detatchment to all that was gone and his calm composure in the face of such a collosal loss. Anyway life goes on. More later as power is a problem.
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Latest on Villages around Sangam Chatti and towards Dodital. There has been a lot of damage, since Sangam Chatti Market has disappeared along with all the bridges across the river, the conditions in these villages is very difficult and precarious with no food and medicines in these villages. There have been landslides and in Agoda, Majhi, Bebra, Gajoli, Sekhu and most of the villages in the Assi Ganga valley, the landslides have taken away the walking paths and even mules are unable to take relief material up to the villages that are completely cut off from the rest of the world. The situation is very grim as it may be weeks before anything can be done for those who are living in these remote villages. Helicoptors are being used to drop supplies to some of these villages but there are others that remain isolated.
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Road down between Uttarkashi and Gangori.


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All of these massive boulders brought down here by Asi Ganga in one of the three massive waves that bore down through Gangori.


Road down - with new by-pass bridge in background.


Temporary walking bridge at Gangori.


The water level was up to the pipe, just beneath the road in the background.
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Scaffold on the under construction bridge for the Uttarkashi by-pass road - thankfully the foundations have held!
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These pictures are heartbreaking. I only wish and hope people there are keeping up well under the circumstances. My thoughts and prayers for all those affected.
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Originally Posted by kullukid View Post I haven't logged in for a while so wasn't aware of this,my first thoughts were for you & Paleface, glad to hear you are safe.KK
I was wondering why you are silent as I know you always responded to situations like these. Thanks.

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Originally Posted by Paleface View Post All of these massive boulders brought down here by Asi Ganga in one of the three massive waves that bore down through Gangori.
As a traveler who had been to these places my heart goes to these people who are suffering by the fury of nature and they are partly suffering because of the commercial interests of the people from outside.
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The hill people should know that roads come at a cost or rail. My sympathies, if that helps.
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That's very big hearted of you Aup! KK
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Originally Posted by Aupmanyav View Post The hill people should know that roads come at a cost or rail. My sympathies, if that helps.
Do not make it conditional and I do hope your sympathies are always there. Not only roads and railways but all the so called developmental works including the damned dams come at a cost - sometimes the cost being many times more than what we get.We don't bother to assess how it will be as the people who pay with everything they have, is not always the people who benefit, and for those who benefit , it is another profitable investment
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I hope someday I get to see some sensible protection against the worst possible level of floods / earthquakes in India. Hills are not developed with safety in mind and will require some long term economic support to build ecological infrastructure. Any civil engineers or town planners here from other countries, where hill developments are well protected - suggestions would be welcome. Meanwhile, let us hope against hope that weather is kinder.
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Originally Posted by rajatsurey View Post I hope someday I get to see some sensible protection against the worst possible level of floods / earthquakes in India. Hills are not developed with safety in mind and will require some long term economic support to build ecological infrastructure.
very recently on a trip to Shimla and back - you can't help but notice the difference in quality of the roads, drainage, retaining walls, cut stone in the walls and general high standard finish.

And apart from sensible places to build, proper foundations, build quality etc - there is precious little that can be done to completely safeguard anything, against the cloudburst that happened high up and simply grew in force and volume as it collected into Asi Ganga and shot down the valley.

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Originally Posted by rajatsurey View Post , let us hope against hope that weather is kinder.

But weather was always there from centuries, and Monsoon is annual phenomenon. Hill people also always knew what is ecological balance, what the modren day developers do not.

I think you have good number of town planners in GURGOAN near Delhi but you can feel there, what they have planned for residents of posh buildings. Choked and broken roads, to expect the least.
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Thanks, Palaface
There are not pictures which we would like to see but I think we all appreciate that you published them
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