SEWA INTERNATIONAL BHARAT (SIB) Appeal for support to flood - hit people in Uttarakhand
Sewa International has been at the forefront of relief and rehabilitation during the natural calamities and man-made calamities in many countries like Bharat, USA, Guyana, UK, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and some more, for more than two decades. SIB appeals to all the benevolent to extend their hand for providing succor to the floods -affected people in Uttarakhand.
This is probably the worst kind of disaster that has occurred in the recent past in this country. The fury of the floods in the Himalayan state has been so devastating and deadly that forceful flood waters washed away anything and everything that came its way. The present official death count stands at 138 while the Prime Minister who surveyed the state in a helicopter today mentioned that the toll might be much higher eventually, while some state sources have estimated the loss of life to be more than 10000. The devastation has taken just 36 hours and the loss is totally unfathomable as roads and communications have been completely wiped off.
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Flashfloods in river Ganga and its tributaries, triggered by incessant rains on Monday left a trail of death and devastation across Uttarakhand killing 37 people, injuring34 and damaging over 160 buildings. Seven people went missing and a chopper and four vehicles were swept away as heavy rains continue to lash the state, Disaster Management authorities said here. Rudraprayag bore the brunt of the disaster accounting for 20 casualties; they said adding seven were killed in Dehradun, four in Almora and two each in Chamoli, Tehri and Uttarkashi districts. Four members of a family were killed in their sleep in Kasta village in Dehradun district when the debris falling from a landslip hit their house, police said. Three of families were killed in a similar manner in Prem Nagar area in Dehradun, they said. In Almora, three persons were killed and 15 injured when a bus in which they were travelling washit by a landslide at Dhaulchina. A large number of structures including shrines, hotels, rest houses, commercial and residential buildings collapsed like a pack of cards in Rudraparayag district. Seventy-three houses were totally damaged in Rudraprayag, 60 in Pithoragarh, 19 in Uttarkashi, 10 in Dehradun and one each in Tehri and Bageshwar.The Chief Minister who took information from District Magistrates on the extent of damage caused by the flashfloods through video conferencing, expressed grief at the loss of lives in the calamity describing it as a "huge" one. Rescue operations were going on on a war-footing with the help of ITBP, BSF and the Army but bad weather was proving a hindrance, he said. Chardham and Mansarovar pilgrimages, suspended following torrential rains, would be resumed as soon as the weather improves, the Chief Minister said.Thousands of pilgrims were stranded in Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts with 10,000 each at Badrinath and Govind Ghat, 6,000 at Ghanghariya and 1,000 at Joshimath. Hundreds of stranded pilgrims in Govind Ghat were evacuated this morning by the Army and taken to Joshimath, a press release from the Central Command headquarters said. Further evacuation attempts were hampered at some places due to landslides. The first two groups of Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims on way to Tibet were asked to stay put at their respective places at Gunji and Almora till the road network was restored and the weather improved.
SIB reiterates its commitment to provide relief to people in distress through this appeal. Immediate relief sent to the state will be most appreciated.
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