Joshimath: Having lost everything in the Uttarakhand floods, the survivors are battling shock and trauma. Two villages on the way to Hemkund Sahib have been washed away and 500 residents there, who depend on pilgrims and tourists for their livelihood, have been left with nothing. They have all been moved to a relief camp at Joshimath and face an uncertain future.
Recounting the horror, 85-year-old Kharak Singh said he has never seen a calamity of this magnitude in his lifetime. A village settled by his forefathers is ravaged and brought to the ground. Nothing remains of their winter village of Beundhar.
Most of the villagers watched as their villages were washed away. Some managed to capture nature's fury on their mobile phones with water gushing down taking what they had taken years to build in a matter of minutes. Women and children are in trauma.
They are now requesting the government for rehabilitation in a new location at Kanzila. They also want a settlement in Joshimath. An appeal is also being made to corporate houses.
With roads at several places cut badly and no homes to go to, it will be a long time before their lives return to normal.