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From Askot to Arakot: hills have tales to tell

Ramachandra Guha Hindustan Times, April 26, 2014 On May 25, 1974, four young men set out on a long march across the Himalayas. They were activists in the Uttarakhand Andolan, a popular movement that asked for a separate state to be constituted from the hill…

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57 men missing, Deoli-Bramhagram becomes a ‘village of widows’

Over a fortnight after the flash-floods, while many villages remain inaccessible by road, tragic stories are emerging from areas where dirt tracks have been opened up. About seven kilometres from Guptkashi, the six-odd hamlets that comprise the Deoli-Bramhagram panchayat have reported 57 men missing, and…

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Homelessness and Unemployment Stares Down at Uttarakhand Villages After the Flood

Tens of thousands of pilgrims have been evacuated from the higher reaches of Uttarakhand, but tens of thousands of residents of towns and villages affected by the floods are facing the dire aftermath of homelessness and unemployment. [more]

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30 Minutes: Are we to be blamed for Uttarakhand catastrophe?

On 17th June, Uttarakhand witnessed nature’s worst fury, damaging hundreds of buildings and submerging entire village. Over 1000 people are feared dead and thousands are stranded in the state. But was it just nature’s fury or an ecological disaster in the making? Watch the show…

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Uttarakhand disaster got magnified due to heavy pilgrim rush

NEW DELHI: The massive loss of human life and damage to property this year due to the flash floods in Uttarakhand owe to the unfortunate coincidence that the early monsoon burst came during the peak pilgrimage season, flooding the river valley along a key pilgrim…

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Uttarakhand: Ripped apart, stitch-back begins slowly

SRINAGAR (UTTARAKHAND): It was hard on Shiru Singh when the waters first came on June 14. Last year’s rain had eaten off part of his roof and he was hoping sales from his small electronics shop in a slightly awkward corner of Srinagar town would…

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Himalayan states also face risk of glacial lake outburst floods

The region is surrounded by 8000 glacial lakes, 200 of them potentially dangerous. [more]

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Uttarakhand Tourism: Recipe for disaster

The calamity is a freak of nature but the devastation and loss of lives that followed is certainly manmade. [more]

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Monsoon arrives early; kills over 30 people in Uttarakhand

Monsoons have arrived early this year and that too in a deluge, throwing life out of gear in north India. Uttarakhand was the worst hit, with incessant rains followed by landslides and floods killing 10 people, according to officials, and washing away homes. Media reports…

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Dhari Devi idol goes missing

Activists claim idol deliberately removed to favour infrastructure firm GVK and help expansion of Shrinagar hydel project. [more]

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