« Haiyan Typhoon in the Philippines | Main | Uttarkashi Disaster »
Thursday
Jun202013

Kendarnath/ Uttarakhand Disaster June 2013


Kendarnath Temple, situated at an elevation of 3,584 meters in the Uttarakhand region of the Himalayas - around 140 miles north of Rishikesh  - has been affected by a series of flash flood disasters according to ongoing media reports.  Kendarnath is a 1000-year-old shrine and of profound spiritual significance: around 5000 pilgrims a day visit.  The floods hit two weeks early before the expected monsoon rains and many visiting pilgrims have been trapped in the area and are still unaccounted for.

It has been estimated that over 50,000 people remain trapped in and around the area: evidently while some 150 people have been reported to have perished in the Uttarakhand floods, officials say they expect the death toll to eventually reach several thousand. Many parts of the state where people are stranded remain inaccessible.   Kendarnath - the epicenter of the devastation - remains almost impossible to reach.  Bad weather has washed away highways and has prevented military helicopters from landing here.  While the Army, Air Force and paramilitary forces have been reported to have so far evacuated some 13,000 people stranded in the area, nearly 62,000 people remain cut off.  For the stranded people there, after several days of inaccessibility, there is no food, no water, no gas, no electricity, no fuel - and assistance remains remote. Moreover, those rescued have lost everything and the need for humanitarian support is very urgent, especially in view of the growing numbers affected and the rising related tension.

                                    

Adhyatmik Foundation Inc (AF) is contributing to the relief and rehabilitation efforts required in every way practical. We are closely connected with this region and are also in contact with a view to assist with training the local people to deal with the stress caused by such disasters and to learn to live with nature in a more sustainable manner.

Your support will enhance our relief efforts to provide:

  • drinking water/purifiers
  • food;
  • blankets and clothing;
  • medical supplies;
  • temporary shelters and/or relocation for the homeless;                                                                                    

    How you can help: Please donate generously either by Paypal or by check, marking the donation with “Uttarakhand Flood Relief 2013”

 

 

 

 

 

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.