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  • Thanks, this is very good

    Thanks, this is very good article, a detailed analysis. Not scratching the surface like other media does, but in-depth. I have been following downtoearth for uttarakhand floods, your articles and updates are very meaningful. Thanks to all.

    This calamity is man-made, but where there is money and power, there is greed. I am sure, nothing will change after this and no lessons will be learned. Nature will keep teaching us like this, hard to harder.

    Uttarakhand is most beautiful state of India, it must be prevented, but I guess there is nothing that people can do about it, whichever govt comes to US, it will continue to allow projects in this area.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • I am much pained and

    I am much pained and anguished to watch and read about what happened particularly at Kedarnath and Uttarkashi. The way the construction activity was allowed by local bodies/government shows the apathy of those who matter, plus apathy/greed of all those who constructed the innumerable hotels/lodges etc in these fragile areas. Varunavrat Parvat is well known for its massive landslides. In 2003 a warning issued by the geologists of Geological Survey Of India working at the top of Parvat, was heeded by the District Magistrate and the inhabitants of several houses at the toe of the hill were moved to safer places. The slide that took place thereafter razed most of the buildings-no loss of life was there. In 2010 the slide came with a vengeance because many more structures had come up at the place where it had struck earlier-but our greed/need is perhaps much more! Still more houses were allowed in this region-bringing devastation this year with several lives too lost.
    Lesser said the better about Kedarnath-GSI had identified 28 Avalanche prone zones in the valley. Such zones are pathways for landslide too during rains. But when you have a golden egg laying hen, you forget the advice, not to slaughter it-and the result is in front of everyone.
    It is better to spare Kedarnath, reconstruct the damaged temple, do not permit a night's stay there-pilgrims should return the same day. Naturally this would entail only fit and able people to visit the place. Am sorry to sound harsh-but it is better to be harsh than allow so many lives to perish for no fault of theirs.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • Very well written and precise

    Very well written and precise article. I was shocked to read such massive destruction of life and property and still, some people took this advantage to earn money from these people who are suffering the pain of loosing everything.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • Such terrifying tales woven

    Such terrifying tales woven so beautifully into one whole. ItÔÇÖs crisp, to the point and yet the disaster has been sketched on a wide canvas that makes it an engrossing read. The article is truly down to earth, concentrating on the simplicity of reporting from the spot.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • Thanks because of this

    Thanks because of this article i came to know about the real cause of the devastation. Actually it is not natural it is infact manmade disaster. So development must go on but keeping pace with environment.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • Not able to understand how

    Not able to understand how the governments could be so careless in training it's people in disaster management. Why did they not prepare well for such casualties especially when a few smaller ones have happened in last two years? Is NDMA's duty only issuing guidelines? Has NDMA escalated the matter anytime to PM when it found states have been careless on this? And wasn't much more that meteorological department would have done (though it seems its the only organisation that doe done job well, before the disaster)? The whole episode seems to reflect the recklessness of the people and systems. It's time we all take our job seriously, pretty damn seriously.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • Outstanding article by the

    Outstanding article by the team. Thought provoking.
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
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