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Uttarakhand govt yet to find land for relocating high-risk villages

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.

Uttarakhand: A long road to recovery after 'Himalayan Tsunami'

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.
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A year after Uttarakhand floods, disregard for ecology continues

In the din of elections and euphoria over new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the loss of hundreds of lives in one of the worst Himalayan tragedies in Uttarakhand has been forgotten. Confidence of pilgrims can’t be restored so soon: Harish Rawat

Confidence of pilgrims can't be restored so soon: Harish Rawat

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.

Year after flashfloods, skeletons tumble out of Kedarnath forest in Uttarakhand

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.

Locals demand tax relief to revive tourism in Uttarakhand

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.

BJP accuses Congress of not doing rehab work in Uttarakhand

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.

Silver lining after cloud burst: Uttarakhand top location in North India for shooting

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.

Low influx of tourists dampens local business in Uttarakhand

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.

Uttarakhand flash floods: A tragedy twice over for Delhi victims' families

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.

Mountaineer Avdhesh Bhatt evacuated hundreds of pilgrims along with rescue teams 

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.

Religious leader demands separate pilgrimage ministry

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?'

"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.

Uttarakhand floods: devastated, locals await succour

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 reports.

Uttarakhand floods: When all else failed, youth took charge

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 reports.
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