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Natural Disaster
Why Kedarnath happened
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Picture 1: The flood-affected area in Kedarnath analysed on the basis of Resourcesat-2 satellite data.

A scientific analysis of the reasons for the disaster that struck Uttarakhand, particularly the temple town. By R. RAMACHANDRAN


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Ramachandran has given an excellent account on the weather chronology of the Uttaranchal floods.
from:  T Krishnamurti
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013 at 15:50 IST
Scientific, and not political, analysis.

If the article is read carefully and without hurry to blame someone,
it clearly describes natural reasons for the calamity. There were no
dams beyond Kedarnath and thus repeating that charge serves nothing.
Dams may be bad but not reason for Kedarnath tragedy. They played part
in lower regions, where river basins were filled with dam debris.

Yes, Global warming has caused glaciers to melt and that is man made.
from:  Dr P R Vaidya
Posted on: Jul 22, 2013 at 17:37 IST
the main cause was the monsoon.Govt should not blame each other . It's
time for cooperation.
from:  mayank
Posted on: Jul 20, 2013 at 20:43 IST
This is certainly a man-made disaster which could have been
avoided.The Monster was not mere flood but "muddy flood", which is
clear evidence of poor planning and management.Out of the 12 major
hydroelectric projects, 4 have come up in the past 3 years.Besides
leading to large scale deforestation and mining, I have come to know
that out of every tonne of cement used to build these dams half of it
was sold in black market at throwaway prices.

This resulted in two key factors which lead to a chain of events:
1. Due to less cement etc , quality of dams was poor and weak
2. when cement became available at throwaway prices in "black", people
felt motivated to build houses.But due to poor administration and
unplanned land allocation, many of the houses were built on the banks
of the river.This lead to change in the course of the river.

With "monsoon gamble" and "unplanned corrupt development" the nature
was destined to get angry.
from:  Harsh
Posted on: Jul 19, 2013 at 12:25 IST
Time has come to think seriously that what attention we are really
paying towards our development needs and nature's balance. This again can
happen if we just shut our eyes on the name of development.
from:  vikrant
Posted on: Jul 17, 2013 at 21:08 IST
Nature needs a hand of friendship but we have two to crush it. The outcome is what we give to nature it gives us same thing.The natural calamities are all man made.
from:  Pardeep Ghutind
Posted on: Jul 17, 2013 at 09:26 IST
The uttarakhand disaster happened due to natural cause, which somehow got
aggravated due to human interference .
from:  aditi
Posted on: Jul 16, 2013 at 13:13 IST
If one goes through past events, one would realize that heavy rains
and land slides are quite common in Uttarakhand. But the successive
governments ruled by the BJP and the Congress have preferred not to
listen to those who have repeatedly warned of dangers of ignoring the
need to maintain right balance between environment and industrial
development.
It is not that bureaucrats, and their masters, the ministers, are not
aware of the dangers of ignoring the environment. But greed has
overtaken them. As some one has pointed out, even generation of
electricity, the end objective of hydro electricity projects, became
irrelevant in Uttarakhand as the construction activities connected
with such projects were the main attraction. Here the construction
activities as such were big money spinners.
Question is whether in future the Uttarakhand people can live without
fear.
from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 17:44 IST
Rainfall monitoring stations must be established near all the temples located on the high Himalayan Hills
.Excess rainfall/cloud burst was the main reason ,but huge deforestation, high intensity blasting all over
the hill, haphazard construction of house even in the river terrace region, checking of water at number of
places along with mining have added to increase the problem to this magnitude. Whole of this Himalyan belt
falls under the active seismic belt and is therefore prone for such devastation. So on one side it was nature
fury where as on the other side it was human interference with the nature . Massive destruction was the
result of large-scale debris carried by the huge volume of water from the upper reaches above the town.
One of the compounding factors was that the glacial regions above Kedarnath had received fresh and excess
snowfall when heavy rainfall hit the region .
from:  chaitanya
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 16:25 IST
whenever such devastation occurs our governments blame nature... they
are never ready for self-introspection and accept the truth....
from:  majid jahangir
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 01:30 IST
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