Torrential rains kill 73 in northern India, strands 73,000

June 18, 2013INDIA Rains on Tuesday claimed 11 more lives in North India, taking the toll to 73, even as 71,440 pilgrims bound for the Himalayan shrines remained stranded in monsoon-ravaged Uttarakhand, apart from 1,700 people stuck in Himachal Pradesh. Though rescue efforts picked up in flash flood and landslide-hit areas of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand with a let-up in the rains and decrease in water level in the Ganga and its tributaries, the whole of Uttarakhand still wore a marooned and devastated look. Hundreds of homes and roads were washed away. Flash floods, cloudbursts and subsequent landslips in Uttarakhand have claimed 44 lives, left as many injured and destroyed 175 houses. Rudraprayag was the worst hit where 20 people perished and 73 buildings, including 40 hotels along the banks of the River Alaknanda, were swept away by the swirling waters. Pilgrims bound for Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, are stranded in Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts with the ‘Char Dham’ yatra still suspended due to massive damage to the road network. While 27,040 devotees are stranded in Chamoli, 25,000 in Rudraprayag and 9,850 in Uttarkashi faced the same situation, said disaster management authorities. In Himachal Pradesh, chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who was stranded in tribal Kinnaur district for nearly 60 hours due to landslides, was airlifted by a chopper hired by the Congress, even as 1,700 people remained stranded at various places. In Uttar Pradesh, four persons were killed in rain-related incidents. Incessant rain held up the first two batches of the annual Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Meanwhile, people living in low-lying areas along the River Yamuna were evacuated as its water level crossed the danger mark of 204.83 metres at 1pm and reached 205.24 metres at 2.30pm, officials in the flood and irrigation department said. –Hindustan Times
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8 Responses to Torrential rains kill 73 in northern India, strands 73,000

  1. Doccus says:

    Any of y’all that believe in God, and can pray for all those folks, please do.. I will. I am saddened that all these disasters always seem to be affecting the very poorest people in the world. I can only hope that this is His way of gathering up the less fortunate before things get really horrible, but this is only a guess..


    • mike says:

      It has to be the weak and the good to go first. They go to heaven. It hopefully stirs love and compassion in those who would otherwise not go to heaven. In hopes that they turn their life around to do good. Life in heaven is the destination not our earthly one.


      • Anne says:

        Yes. God’s Plan is THE Perfect Plan to save His children’s souls from the Fires of Hell.
        He expects us to pray for them.


      • GCE says:

        There is no heaven and there is no hell. There is an afterlife, over and over again. We are not humans living a spiritual existence, but rather spirits living a human existence, albeit only temporarily. Being human is only an unfortunate pitstop on the way towards becoming one with the creator, when the reincarnation cycle ends.


  2. Wiseguy says:

    Lourdes Sanctuary is under heavy rains and flash floods coming from the snow melting too fast in the Pyrenees, they had an unusual amount of snow this winter. After Germany, Austria, Swiss, now France…


  3. All these “storms”, and “floods”, aren’t only a “bad” thing coming from the Sky….. We can say even the opposite ….. People can use these floods of “water” for “developping agriculture, and even for developping energy” , even though they don’t have still the required assessment for that….Myriam Cassin Edelman …


  4. I believe in God and pray all the time for this world and all of us.
    What I find is these terrible disasters seem to happen in more populated area’s, bad to say but maybe it’s nature’s way of cleansing.
    Looking around could all of this just be evolution? A specie’s only has a certain amount of time on this earth and us human’s have taken well over our fair share out of this beautiful world.
    In Ontario Canada where I live we don’t have to many major disasters but I think our time will come soon enough.
    All any of us can do is pray and show lots of love.


  5. Angelsong says:

    Praying…. 😦


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