Flooding in Uttarakhand

from ACT Alliance
Published on 06 Aug 2012 View Original
  1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

Around midnight of 4 August 2012, cloud bursts triggered flash floods and land-slides along the river Assi Ganga and caused loss of life and destruction of houses and infrastructure, in the Uttarkashi district headquarters and surrounding areas. 34 people are reported to have been killed and at least 100 are missing. The national highway to Gangotri is closed due to landslides in various places. Incessant rainfall has worsened the situation. The meteorological office has sounded an alert for heavy rains and flash floods for the next 24 hours.