‘Himalayan region recipe for disaster’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Aug 19, 2013 01:57 IST

Uttarakhand disaster was just one of 76 disasters that hits Himalayan region on an average, killing 36,000 people and affecting 178 million people every year, a United Nations-affiliated organisation has told the Planning Commission.

Nepal-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in a presentation to the panel this week said that India’s Himalayan region was hit by 532 natural disasters between 1990-2012, second only to 670 in the Chinese part of the mountain range.

Most of these disasters were trans-boundary in nature, meaning a cloud burst in China ravaged lives in India, which is worst affected because of huge population living on downstream of water flowing from Himalayas.

The Hindu-Kush Himalayan region is source for ten major river basins and home to 1.3 billion people.

 

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