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Uttarakhand Disaster 2013

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Uttarakhand is an Indian Himalayan state known for its rich spiritual and religious tourism, ecological richness & diversity, and cultural ethos rooted in traditions, but it is also known for growing frequency and intensity of natural disasters, and for its fragility of ecological and geological systems. Consisting mostly of uplifted sedimentary & metamorphic rocks and tectonically very active, the region is very vulnerable to natural disasters. Due to its geo-climatic, ecological and socioeconomic settings, Uttarakhand is one of the most disaster prone States of the country.