Flashfloods in Himalayas caused by climate change?



Were the floods in the Himalayas man made? Can afforestation help?
The river before and during the floods


Incessant rains and flash floods in river Ganga and its tributaries, left a trail of death and devastation across Uttarakhand killing at-least 50 people, injuring 100s and damaging many buildings. Two persons each were killed in Chamoli, Tehri and Uttarkashi districts, three in Dehradun and one in Almora. More than 55000 pilgrims are said to be stranded


June 2013, when the rains turned into floods in Uttarakhand India.

According to the state Disaster Management authorities Seven people were missing and a chopper and four vehicles were swept away as heavy rains continue to lash the state.

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Many structures including shrines, hotels, rest houses, commercial and residential buildings collapsed or were swept away in Rudraparayag district. In Rudraprayag 73 houses were totally damaged, 60 in Pithoragarh, 19 in Uttarkashi, 10 in Dehradun and one each in Tehri and Bageshwar.


The rivers shoe their fury, taking buildings in their way.


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.

Scientists project that climate change will increase the frequency of heavy rainstorms, putting many communities at risk for devastation from floods.

Flooding can cause a range of health impacts and risks, including: death and injury, contaminated drinking water, hazardous material spills, increased populations of disease-carrying insects and rodents, moldy houses, and community disruption and displacement.

As rains become heavier, streams, rivers, and lakes can overflow, increasing the risk of water-borne pathogens flowing into drinking water sources. Downpours can also damage critical infrastructure like sewer and solid waste systems, triggering sewage overflows that can spread into local waters.


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