State of paralysis

Print edition : July 26, 2013

The scene of devastation near the Kedarnath temple. Photo: PTI

Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel rescue stranded devotees from the Hemkunt Sahib Gurudwara in Chamoli district on June 17. Photo: AP

Silt, which is several feet deep, inside a building. Photo: Purnima S. Tripathi

A vehicle buried under silt. Photo: Purnima S. Tripathi

Residents of Banswara cross a damaged bridge over the Mandakini river. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

Indian Air Force helicopters in Gauchar on June 25. Rescue and relief operations would have been impossible without the logistical support of the defence forces. Photo: Rafiq Maqbool/AP

Compounding the fury of nature in Uttarakhand was the total inability of the state machinery to comprehend or deal with the disaster. The State, located in a high-seismic-activity zone, has no disaster mitigation plan or infrastructure.

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