Nine factors that caused flash floods in Uttarakhand


Someone has rightly said, “The Ganga in the upper reaches has been made an engineer’s playground.”

Let’s look at some data and hard facts (as curated) that caused this disaster:

(1)   Unplanned development is destroying the ecology of the mountains

None of the environmental laws are implemented in ecologically fragile areas in India and the development is going unabated.

A total of 427 dams are planned to be built on rivers. Among these, there are roughly 70 projects built or proposed on the Ganga, all to generate some 10,000 MW of power. This construction has affected 80% of the Bhagirathi and 65% of the Alaknanda.



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