In the wake of last year's killer flashfloods, then chief minister Vijay Bahuguna had assured people living in 200 high-risk villages of the state will be relocated to safer places as soon as possible.
Thousands of survivors are still struggling to pick up the pieces, hoping the Uttarakhand government will eventually fulfill its promises to provide jobs and new homes.Full coverage
It was exactly a year ago when massive flash floods devastated Uttarakhand. In a chat with HT’s Prithviraj Singh, chief minister Harish Rawat talks about the lessons learnt from the tragedy and the measures taken.
The memory of last year's devastating flashfloods surfaced after five skeletons were recovered from a forest near Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand. Another 12 skeletons have also been spotted in the same area and efforts are on to recover them.
Although the government has resumed pilgrimage this year, the number of tourists is nowhere as robust as previous years. From May to June, 70,000 people have visited the Char Dham.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Sunday, sought the dismissal of Congress in Uttarakhand while accusing it of failure in carrying out its duties of handing over bodies to the next of kin and not undertaking rehabilitation works even after a year of the flashfloods.
Despite the cataclysmic disaster that hit Uttarakhand on June 16 last year, the hill state emerged as one of north India’s favourite shooting destinations in the year gone by.
The Gangotri shrine, 30 km ahead of the scenic village Harsil, has fallen silent post the June 2013 flash floods. A beautiful town, well guarded by the 5th battalion of Garhwal rifles wants renewal of the char dham yatra for sustaining a livelihood that largely depends on tourism.
For families of those killed in last year's devastating flash floods in Uttarakhand, it's a double whammy. Eight months later, they still have to face a cumbersome process to get compensation as promised by the govt, thanks to bureaucratic red-tapism.
His home situated on the banks of River Bhagirathi was dangerously lurking on the verge of getting washed away by the swelling river. But, Avdhesh Bhatt, a young mountaineer from Uttarkashi district, put the lives of others before self and rushed to the disaster-hit Kedarnath valley to evacuate the stranded pilgrims.
With Kedarnath shrine in Garhwal Himalayas suffering extensive damage in the recent calamity in Uttarakhand, a leading seer today asked the Centre to constitute a separate pilgrimage ministry to frame a code of conduct for people visiting shrines in high altitudes.
"Why are the Gods so angry that they are even killing the saviours who are rescuing the sea of humanity in Uttarakhand?" an IAF squadron leader blurted when he got the news of the chopper crash.
Locals in flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand have allegedly been overlooked in the rescue operations that are ‘focussed’ on pilgrims. NGOs active in these areas say the focus on pilgrims have kept the locals off the rescue radar. Arvind Moudgil
The youth put their best foot forward in the midst of a breakdown in the means of communication in the flood-affected parts of Uttarakhand. Prasad Nichenametla