Disaster: Tampering with the mountain wreaking havoc

The heavy rains that have been wreaking havoc in Uttarakhand for the past several days have claimed 28 lives so far.

This time the monsoon has again put Uttarakhand on the path of natural calamity. In Uttarakhand, heavy rains have thrown life out of gear in the last few days. Meteorologists believe that the so-called evolution of mountains is responsible for this. The way mountains are being cut in the name of development for the widening of roads in hilly areas, trees are being cut in the name of big projects, due to which a big crisis has arisen in front of the hilly areas.

Construction of giant tunnels in the mountains, construction of reservoirs to build large power houses and blasting of mountains for tunneling, all these reasons are continuously inviting disaster in the mountainous state. People had not even forgotten the disaster of Joshimath that this time heavy monsoon rains have started showing their fury.

The Char Dham Yatra has been continuously disrupted since May due to unseasonal rains and since the onset of monsoon, more than 300 roads to the Char Dham have been cut off from the link road. According to statistics, this time in Uttarakhand, the monsoon rains have been much more than last year.

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Wadia Institute scientist Ajay Pal says that at this time it has been seen that during the monsoon, the rains are very strong in between and then a https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9aOsfNobuM stops. This is a change of seasons and a clear effect of global warming.

Vikram Singh, director of the Meteorological Center, Dehradun, says that earlier there used to be heavy rains in the initial and last phase of the monsoon, but now the weather pattern has changed for the last several years. Professor Satyendra Kumar Mittal of IIT Roorkee says that the mountains of Uttarakhand are still in their infancy and raw, so before starting any project on these mountains, it is necessary to harmonize with nature.

Five major calamities in Uttarakhand so far

September 1880 Nainital Disaster: 151 people were buried alive when a large part of the mountain collapsed in Mallital of Nainital, of which 108 were Indian and 43 British citizens. 20 October 1991 Uttarkashi earthquake : This earthquake shook the whole country and Uttarkashi district was devastated. 768 people were killed in this earthquake which came on the 6.8 Richter scale according to the official figures.

18 August 1998 Pithoragarh Malpa Disaster: Malpa village in Pithoragarh district of Kumaon division of Uttarakhand was hit by a landslide after a hill caved in, in which 255 people were buried under the debris. 1999 Chamoli Earthquake: Chamoli was hit by an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale that ripped apart roads in the area, killing more than 100 people. Kedarnath Disaster of 2013: Kedarnath disaster occurred on June 16, 2013 in the worst calamities of the state of Uttarakhand, in which thousands of houses fell victim to the deluge and this horrific disaster killed thousands of people, many people were rendered homeless.

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