India – Humanitarian Crisis from Severe Floods in Northern India

June 29, 2013

By Padmini Arhant

Heartfelt condolences to the victims families and survivors in the recent floods in northern India and State of Uttarakhand in particular having suffered the most with more than 10,000 lives lost and several displaced in the disaster zone.

The alarming deaths and displacement is a great tragedy and deserves maximum relief and assistance at the earliest possible to save lives from torrential rain causing floods and landslides in the region.

Whenever calamity of this magnitude occurs, the poorer population experiences disproprtionate difficulties leaving many vulnerable to disease and economic strife.

Environmental abuse reflected in activities such as mining, drilling and various projects replacing natural settings often contribute to soil erosions weakening the surrounding areas of the riverbanks that lead to overflow during heavy rainfall.

State and Central authorities investments towards prevention of substantial losses in lives and livestock including damages ordinarily sustained in extreme weather conditions besides adequate evacuation programs and services always ease the burden on inhabitants in those areas that otherwise evolve into burgeoning humanitarian crises.

Considering the level of destruction with roads and bridges reportedly washed away by the floods hampering direct access to people stranded in and around the valley near holy pilgrim centers viz. Badrinath and Kedarnath temples, the delay in rescue operations as a result of these obstacles might further exacerbate citizens plight.

Hopefully coordination among local and national teams in addressing the catastrophe would perhaps mitigate human toll and restore normalcy in villages and towns affected in the monsoon period.

Wishing citizens enduring extraordinary ordeal quick recovery from grief and success in rebuilding their lives with renewed strength and optimism.

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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