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Restoring Normalcy in Uttarakhand

In their anxiety to restore normalcy in Uttarakhand, both the central and state governments are refusing to face the real reasons behind the devastation caused after the recent floods. These include misplaced development priorities that ignored the ecological fragility of the region. To reduce the…

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Uttarakhand: A Model Of Disaster

A state created to safeguard the hill people, has become a graveyard of pilgrims and local aspirations in just over a decade. Jay Mazoomdaar and Avalok Langer map the catastrophe. [more]

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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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Uttarakhand is paying the high price of anti-environmentalism

A “calamity of this magnitude” may make a lesser leader second-guess his decisions or rethink his future policies, but not Mr Bahuguna. He has no plans to reassess a single tourism or hydro project just because some “activists” are making a fuss. [more]

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Lost valley of flowers

Floods have washed away the village that cared for the upkeep of the precincts around the World Heritage Site. Will its residents get a chance to rebuild their lives? [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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Nature avenges its exploitation

The catastrophe in the Himalaya is the result of deforestation, unchecked construction of dwellings and large-scale building of big dams. [more]

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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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