The glacier is 7 km in length, its basin area is 38 sq km and the ice cover is 5. Eyewitnesses describe how a sudden gush of water engulfed the centuries-old Kedarnath temple, and washed away everything in its vicinity in a matter of minutes. The Army and the state government had managed to link the upper hills to the town. In the 1990s, when the demand for a separate State gained momentum, at conferences, meetings, workshops and seminars, Uttarakhandi people repeatedly described the special character of the region.
As a matter of fact, many of these species are in fact ruining the land. The mountains of the north created orographic effect it occurs when an air mass approaches a mountain range and is rapidly forced upward, causing any moisture to cool and fall as rains.
One of these, Khairo Ganga, had taken on the proportions of a full-fledged river and, along with its water, a huge quantity of sand and debris got lodged in the barrage. Uttarakhand floods 2013: The reservoir can accommodate water up to 830 metres from the mean sea level.
But most were ill. The few Kedarnath pilgrims who survived called the onslaught Himalayan tsunami. The state plans to build 199 big and small projects. IMD Satellite picture captures present weather conditions delay of around 2-3 hours.
But it is equally essential that the state government assesses how much hydropower it actually needs. The rocks and boulders that came down made geologists and glaciologist wonder whether it was Glacial Lake Outburst Flood GLOF , a phenomenon the Himalayas are becoming prone to because of global warming. NASA satellite imagery of Northern India on 17 June, showing clouds that led to the devastation In june 2013, major floods and landslides occurred in the Uttarakhand state , in the Himalayan mountains of North India.
On June 17, when we saw Govindghat, it was hard to imagine there was once a bustling town here. Another climate change event. Related Stories Rains in Uttarakhand extreme weather event: This calamity is man-made, but where there is money and power, there is greed. Huge boulders flung into the sky like an explosion. Eco-sensitive development may mean a slower monetary growth rate but a more sustainable and equitable one.