Himalaya Sunami-The Greatest Catastrophe 28 June 2013
GANGRAPE OF HIMALAYAS- The Causes
16 & 17 June would be remembered as the most horrifying experience of recent happening. Undoubtedly nature played havoc on the upper ridges of Uttarakhand. The cloud burst phenomena is unique and could be easily compared to natures havoc “TORNADOE” a regular devastating feature in the North America. We may not be able to avoid such happenings but could minimize the damages and specially the loss of human lives.
We have regularly; say even last few decades have been indulging in the “Gangrape of Himalayas”. Who all are responsible for the massive Gang Rape of Himalayas.
· The local people
· The visitors-the so-called tourists (Total population UKD now nearly 10 million/1 crore and has nearly 25 million/2.5 crore visitors/tourists every year.
· Govt Officials – at lower and local levels.
· Bureaucracy –at state and central govt level. For neglecting to implement the norm land down on environment, ecological balance, construction activities and many such related issues
· Politicians-the policy makers, who are busy in vote bank politics rather than make effective laws to preserve the earthly ecological & environmental balance. And ensure its implementation through law enforcing agencies.
Devastation & Rescue
The devastation is immense. Beyond comprehension and imagination. Few thousand would have lost their lives and equal member will never be traced. (This number would reach nearly 10000 in each category. It might take nearly 3-5 years to recreate the necessary infrastructure (roads& bridges). Similarly to rebuild the hotels, guest houses and restore the pilgrimage places so that the “Rozi-Roti” ¼jksth jksVh½ of the locals can be restored.
Never in the history of independent India such has a massive rescue operation been launched. The terrain is most in hospitable. Even in the normal times, these are villages in Uttarakahand that one could trace in 2-3 days time.
Till date about 1 lakh five thousand people are evacuated. Nearly 15000 uniformed people from Army/Air Force/ Para military forces are directly engaged. And another 5000 people are assisting from rear bases. Fifty Five helicopters (heavy lift-MI-26, medium capacity, MI-17 and light helicopters ALH) are engaged and operating from more than half a dozen bases. Operating heptrs in such an inhospitable terrain throws many challenges.
· Altitude, Weather Network of high tension wires in the hills.
· Suitable helipads or even availability of minimum place to land and take off path.
· Refueling facility. Air space management
Even the ground forces working round the clock have all odds against them. The biggest challenge being the impatience, intolerance, and anger of the stranded people. Though genuine but at times becomes a big irritant and challenge for the rescue forces.
The massive task of having rescued more than 1 lakh people in the first nine days needs a great admiration and salutations to those engaged in such an operation.
Can we avoid or minimize such happenings and the loses?
Yes we can. What do we do?
· Construction policy on the hills is well defined. It has to be area specific.
· No of people vehicles should be regulated to such restricted areas (Kedarnath/Badrinath/Gangotri/Yamnotri).
· Check points should be created for each of the “Char Dham”
We shall never be able to achieve, Because-
· We are Indian ¼ge Hkkjrh; gS Only gossip½
· We are indisciplined ¼ge vuq”kklughu gS½S
· We are irresponsible Citizen. ¼ge xSj ftEesnkj ukxfjd gS½S
Statistics of last few years
Last 10 years Natural Calamities Statistical Information
There were total nine calamities barring the present UKD calamity. Three major calamity statistics:
Gujarat 2001 25,000 dead 63 Lakh were affected
Sunami 2004 10749 dead 5640 missing 28 Lakh affected
Kashmir Earthquick (including adjacent HP Area) 86, 000 dead