Himalayan tragedy

Print edition : July 12, 2013

Damaged houses in Rudraprayag on June 20, with the ground washed away from under some of them. Photo: Danish Siddiqui /Reuters

The Kedarnath temple before the devastation. Photo: K.R. DEEPAK

The temple complex after the devastation. Photo: PTI

A tunnel for the Loharinag Pala hydroelectric project in Uttarkashi district. In 2010, work on the project caused massive landslides in Bhatwari village. Subsequently, the work was stopped. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Rescue operations in full swing on June 18, after the Central government sent defence personnel. Photo: REUTERS

This handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence on June 21 shows the people stranded watching the relief effort. Photo: G.D Mehra/AFP/MOD

A temple submerged in the Ganga in Uttarkashi on June 16. Photo: PTI

The blue portion indicates the worst-affected areas.

The havoc that followed torrential rains in Uttarakhand had been in the making for many years. Rampant construction and unmindful digging and blasting of the hills had been going on, and the State’s successive governments ignored the warning signs.
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