Uttarakhand Floods

  • Assess action of Uttarakhand government in flash flood relief works: Ramesh Pokhriyal 4 days ago

    A BJP member on Wednesday demanded setting up of a high level committee to find out if the Uttarakhand government was prompt in its response in dealing with last year's flash floods which claimed lives of hundreds of pilgrims. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, Ramesh Pokhriyal...
  • Government working on quota in jobs for dependents of flood victims July 16, 2014

    Uttarakhand government will soon thrash out a formula to provide reservation in jobs to dependents of those killed in the devastating floods that hit the state last year. Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar has asked officials to remove the legal bottlenecks in this regard in consultation with the Advocate General and find...
  • A year after tragedy, Uttarakhand people remember a braveheart July 2, 2014

    It is a little over a year since a natural calamity of catastrophic proportions hit Uttarakhand but people in the affected areas are still singing paeans to the bravery of Darshan Lal who saved hundreds of lives in Kedar valley when the deluge struck. They have still not forgotten what this...
  • Uttarakhand floods: Blood samples of relatives to be collected for DNA matching June 24, 2014

    For identification of victims of last year's Uttarakhand floods tragedy, Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) and Uttarakhand government are trying to contact relatives of missing persons and obtain blood samples for DNA matching. CDFD had received biological samples of 550 bodies (over 5,000 are believed to have perished...
  • 44 skeletons found in flood-ravaged Kedar valley over last three months June 18, 2014

    A year after a massive deluge hit Uttarakhand causing extensive damage to areas close to Kedarnath, authorities have so far recovered 44 skeletal remains of the victims from the valley since March this year. DIG GS Martolia who heads a Task Force constituted recently to carry out intensive combing operation in...
  • Government announces jobs for families of Uttarakhand flood victims June 17, 2014

    The Uttarakhand government has announced jobs for the next of kin of each victim from the state killed in the flash flood tragedy of last year along with additional assistance of Rs 2 lakh each for the affected families. The announcement was made yesterday on behalf of Chief Minister Harish Rawat...
  • Uttarakhand floods: CM announces jobs, Rs 2 lakh each to families of victims June 17, 2014

    The Uttarakhand government has announced jobs for the next of kin of each victim from the state killed in the flash flood tragedy of last year along with additional assistance of Rs 2 lakh each for the affected families. The announcement was made on Monday on behalf of Chief Minister Harish...
  • A year after Uttarakhand floods, tourism drops, hotels deserted June 17, 2014

    Kedarnath: A year after the devastating Uttarakhand flash floods, even as rebuilding the state remains a huge task, one of the biggest challenges the state now faces is to win the confidence of tourists who seem to have kept a distance from the state this summer. Dinesh Uniyal is a...
  • 2013 Uttarakhand floods: Dramatic before and after animated satellite image June 17, 2014

    It has been a year since floods and landslides wreaked havoc in the hill state of Uttarakhand killing thousands. These images captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Aqua satellite in May and June 2013 show how the area looked like before the multi-day cloudburst and what it...
  • Kedarnath temple committee unhappy with ASI restoration work June 16, 2014

    The Kedarnath temple committee has expressed dissatisfaction over the restoration work being carried out by ASI at the shrine which was damaged in last year's flash floods in Uttarakhand, but the government agency has squarely rejected these claims. Ganesh Godiyal, president of Badri Kedar Temple Committee, has said that the Archaeological...
  • A year later, Uttarakhand's 'village of widows' struggles for survival June 16, 2014

    In this very day last year, 'god's own land' as the hill state of Uttarakhand is called, faced the worst fury of nature which left several thousand people dead and widespread devastation in rain-triggered floods. The ones who died have gone by. But life has become difficult for the families...
  • A year after deadly floods, Uttarakhand still ill-prepared for the monsoon June 16, 2014

    Uttarkashi: A year after the Uttarakhand floods that left thousands dead, the lack of preparedness for the coming monsoon is more than evident. Flood protection work has started late and the quality of construction is low. Important work on border roads has been left untouched. In Uttarakhand, the signs of...
  • Uttarakhand floods: 17 more skeletal remains found in Kedar valley June 16, 2014

    Kedarnath: Ahead of the first anniversary of horrendous flash floods which claimed thousands of lives in Uttarakhand, authorities recovered 17 more skeletal remains and cremated them in Kedar valley. Rudraprayag Superintendent of Police Barindrajit Singh said 17 skeletal remains were recovered from Junglechatti area on way to Kedarnath shrine on Saturday....
  • Uttarakhand floods: A year on, thousands continue to struggle, bodies still lying around in Kedarnath June 16, 2014

    Guptkashi: As Uttarakhand marks the first anniversary of the devastating floods, thousands of survivors continue to struggle, hoping the government will eventually come good on its promise to provide jobs and new homes. In October 2013, over Rs 500 crore were sanctioned to the state Irrigation Department for flood protection...
  • A year after Uttarakhand tragedy, victims still face government's apathy June 15, 2014

    Parori/Devali: Even a year after the Uttarakhand floods, the scars of those whose lives and livelihood were devastated by the tragedy have not yet healed. It's not just the loss of life and livelihood, the victims have to also put up with the government apathy. The horrific images of are...
  • Uttarakhand floods: 12 skeletal remains recovered from Junglechatti June 14, 2014

    As the first anniversary of the flash floods which claimed thousands of lives in Uttarakhand approaches fast, authorities recovered 12 more skeletal remains and cremated them in Kedar valley on Saturday. "Twelve skeletal remains were recovered from Junglechatti area on way to Kedarnath shrine on Friday night which were cremated today...
  • Watch: Uttarakhand crawls back to normalcy an year after the floods June 16, 2014

    It is one full year since the natural disaster stuck Uttarakhand and left irreparable scars on its people. CNN-IBN visits the state to find out changes in the past one year. ...
  • STF constituted to conduct intensive combing operations for bodies near Kedarnath June 14, 2014

    With human skeletal remains still being found in Kedar valley, the Uttarakhand government on Saturday constituted a special task force (STF) to conduct intensive combing operations in the forests adjoining Kedarnath in search of bodies. The task force, headed by Inspector General of Police Sanjay Gunjyal, has been set up as...
  • UP to distribute ex-gratia to Uttarakhand tragedy victims' families June 13, 2014

    Distribution of ex-gratia to the kin of 948 persons belonging to Uttar Pradesh who lost their lives in the last year's Uttarakhand tragedy would commence soon. The process of distribution of death certificates and gazette notification of these 948 persons who died in the Uttarakhand tragedy has been completed, and now...
  • Char Dham yatra begins a year after massive calamity May 2, 2014

    A year after the 'Char Dham' yatra was marred by massive flash floods that had left hundreds of people dead and many others stranded, the annual pilgrimage today began with the reopening of the sacred portals of the Himalayan shrines of Gangotri and Yamunotri for devotees. Amid extensive arrangements to ensure...
  • Officials fear 2013 calamity will affect the number of devotees visiting shrines April 23, 2014

    Despite government endeavours to ensure safety of pilgrims and completing infrastructure development before the Char Dham yatra begins, officials feel that the fear psychosis of last year's calamity will affect the flow of visitors to Kedarnath and other Himalayan shrines this year. "Safety of visitors is our top priority and all...
  • Uttarakhand eyes tourism revival after floods as it gears up for Char Dham Yatra April 11, 2014

    Uttarakhand, recovering from an unprecedented natural disaster last year, is all geared up to revive its tourism sector and pinning hopes on a good response to the annual Chardham Yatra beginning next month. The hill state, whose economy is hugely dependent on tourism, is home to Hindu holy shrines of Kedarnath,...
  • Work in affected areas not to be hampered by Model Code: EC March 28, 2014

    Development and reconstruction work in the calamity-hit areas of Uttarakhand will not be affected by the Model Code of Conduct, the Election Commission said on Friday. Policy decisions will of course be kept on hold till the electoral process is on but the Model Code of Conduct will not hamper development...
  • Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal expresses concern over laxity in relief works March 28, 2014

    Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal on Thursday expressed concern over the lackadaisical attitude of state officials in carrying out relief, repair and rehabilitation works, saying the victims of the 2013 disaster were not able to recover due to this. During a discussion here, Kunjwal noted that despite efforts taken under...
  • Uttarakhand floods: Three martyrs felicitated with Kirti Chakra March 23, 2014

    Three officers, including an IAF officer, who died while saving Uttarakhand flood victims, a naval officer who non-stop sailed around the world and an Army Major who killed three terrorists, were on Saturday awarded the Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry award. A Civil Engineer of the Border Roads Organisation...
  • Gayatri Parivar to give Rs 2 lakh to families of security personnel killed during rescue operations March 22, 2014

    Haridwar-based spiritual organisation Gayatri Parivar will provide Rs 2 lakh each as financial assistance to the next of kin of 20 military and para-military personnel killed during the massive relief and rescue operations carried out after the catastrophic floods that hit Uttarakhand in 2013. Gayatri Parivar chief Pranav Pandya will hand...
  • President honours defense personals with gallantry awards March 22, 2014

    Three officers, including an IAF officer who died while saving Uttarakhand flood victims, a naval officer who non-stop sailed around the world and an Army Major who killed three terrorists, were on Saturday awarded the Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry award. A Civil Engineer of the Border Roads Organisation...
  • 9 months on, a drive to Kedarnath still means risking life March 15, 2014

    Nine months after a devastating cloudburst caused death and destruction in Uttarakhand, a vast mountainous region leading to the Kedarnath shrine is yet to get its roads back. Vehicles precariously weave through several stretches of what remains of the original tarred roads, some still treacherously cracked and damaged in such a...
  • Post disaster, CM has changed but the state hasn't: Trivendra Singh Rawat March 8, 2014

    Accusing Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat of making only announcements, Opposition BJP today said the change of guard in the calamity-hit state has not led to any change in the ground realities. "A new CM has taken over but the circumstances remain the same as they were at the time of...
  • Repair of infrastructure on Badrinath highway yet to start, alleges BJP March 3, 2014

    Nine months after a catastrophic deluge wreaked havoc in Uttarakhand, work on the damaged infrastructure in the danger zones identified on Badrinath highway is yet to begun, main opposition BJP on Monday alleged. It is nine months since the flashfloods caused large scale damage to roads on the char dham route....