The breaking of the glacier at Uttarakhand has affected major power projects in the area and has washed away an entire village also. Almost 200 people are still missing and most of them are feared dead by the rescue officials. While experts say it is “too early” to comment on the cause of the glacier outbreak, some environmentalists say that the rapid development in the region could have paved the way to such geoscientific distress.
The Sudden Flash Flood Left People Devastated Majorly
On Sunday, a glacier broke out suddenly at the district of Chamoli in Uttarakhand. The state is a natural exquisite that keeps suffering from such disasters frequently and this time it’s the flash floods that affected people majorly. The massive incident led to the washing away of an entire village, blocking tunnels with debris, killing about 18 people (bodies rescued till now), breaking bridges, damaging power projects, and making local lives a disaster. “Glacial calving” is the term that is used by environmentalists to address this disaster.
Rescue operations are on; Uttarakhand CM led support to the affected families
So after news of such glacial outburst spread, the national disaster force of state and centre along with the Indo-Tibetan border police started the rescue operations. The Uttarakhand CM, Trivendra Singh Rawat also visited the affected area and promised to send expert help required for the rescue operations. He also announced a compensation sum of 4 lakhs for the families of the people who have suffered death in this disaster.
Is Development the Real Cause Behind This Disaster?
While the common people would see this as a typical case of natural disaster, the environment experts would see it differently. Some of them said it is “too early” to comment on the cause behind the disaster, and some of them blamed the rapid development in the area behind the cause of such a disaster. The chief of the geological survey of India, Mr. Dinesh Gupta said, “Post this devastation, we’ll again constitute a committee as it’s too early to predict the cause of the incident. Prima facie, it’s glacial calving at the highest altitude in Rishiganga and Dhauliganga area and the upper reaches of that”.
The Policy Times policy Suggestions
- The Indian government must be more bothered about managing climate changes and focus more on environmental factors to prevent such disasters. Whether it is managing the earthquake or the tsunami, the Indian government is not adequate enough to handle the after-effects of natural disasters.
- From building major disaster relief forces to managing the developmental factors in a way that does not come in between the environment is the key to save our country from such major climatic disasters.
- Also, the government must form special budget allocation relief fund for the poor families that are affected by such disasters so that handling the aftereffect of such disasters does not become a difficult task for the government