It is exactly two years since a devastating deluge in the state claimed thousands of lives and rendered hundreds homeless, but for a majority of those affected, a safe, new home still continues to be a distant dream.
A string of financial bungling has come to light through responses to RTI queries that were made with regard to 2013 Uttarakhand flood relief efforts. RTI activist Bhupender Kumar has revealed that officials supervising relief work after the floods in 2013, splurged huge amount of money.
With the state Information Commission finding irregularities in disbursal of funds meant for relief operations in Uttarakhand post the 2013 floods, Opposition BJP on Saturday demanded resignation by state government and sought a CBI probe into the alleged "loot" of aid money.
When lakhs of people in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand went hungry during the 2013 disaster, officials of the state government savoured mutton chops, chicken, milk and cottage cheese in the course of their Rs 7000 per day hotel stay supervising relief efforts.
In what can leave the rationalists completely baffled, the Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has reportedly claimed that defecation near the pious Kedarnath shrine had caused June 2013 Uttarakhand's devastating floods that killed dozens.
A year after the devastating deluge in Uttarakhand, Central Water Commission (CWC) is developing mathematical models to "quickly" assess the extent of damage landslides may cause in the Himalayan states of the country.
Seven persons including a woman were killed here when three houses were buried in a landslide following heavy showers in the wee hours of the day, taking the toll to 24 in rain-related incidents in two days in Uttarakhand.
A year has passed since Uttarakhand was ravaged by floods, but the Himalayan state still lies in shambles. Hoping to avoid future disasters, IIT Roorkee is studying the "dynamic behaviour" of the rivers, which have changed their course, to adopt suitable measures, says its director Pradipta Banerji.
With the entire route to Amarnath shrine still buried under a thick blanket of snow, SASB authorities said they have "serious apprehensions" about the commencement of the annual pilgrimage which is scheduled to begin next week.
A year after a massive deluge hit Uttarakhand causing extensive damage to areas close to Kedarnath, authorities have so far recovered 44 skeletal remains of the victims from the valley since March this year.
The Uttarakhand government has announced jobs for the next of kin of each victim from the state killed in the flash flood tragedy of last year along with additional assistance of Rs 2 lakh each for the affected families.
Special prayers were held in the state secretariat here on Monday to pay tribute to the victims of the devastating deluge that ravaged several parts of Uttarakhand last year, and left thousands of people dead and many more missing.