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PHOTOBLOG: The aftermath of India’s "Himalayan tsunami"

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Sat, 20 Jul 2013 08:30 AM
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  •  One month after floods and landslides, triggered by the heaviest rains on record, devastated the India’s Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, the extent of the damage is only now becoming apparent. The government has declared almost 6,000 missing people as presumed dead and that around 2 million people have had their lives disrupted by the disaster. Nita Bhalla travelled to the towns and villages in the Himalayas to see how survivors are coping in the aftermath of the disaster.<br /> <br /> Hundreds of posters of people missing after devastating floods line the wall outside the main bus station in the Indian city of Rishikesh on July 13, 2013. The government has declared that almost 6,000 people missing since floods and landslides hit Himalayan state of Uttarakhand on June 16 and 17 will be presumed dead, but many families refuse to give up hope of their return. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    One month after floods and landslides, triggered by the heaviest rains on record, devastated the India’s Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, the extent of the damage is only now becoming apparent. The government has declared almost 6,000 missing people as presumed dead and that around 2 million people have had their lives disrupted by the disaster. Nita Bhalla travelled to the towns and villages in the Himalayas to see how survivors are coping in the aftermath of the disaster.

    Hundreds of posters of people missing after devastating floods line the wall outside the main bus station in the Indian city of Rishikesh on July 13, 2013. The government has declared that almost 6,000 people missing since floods and landslides hit Himalayan state of Uttarakhand on June 16 and 17 will be presumed dead, but many families refuse to give up hope of their return. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  •  A massive landslide on the road in Pandukeswar, 21 km from Joshimath town. Thousands of roads, buildings and bridges in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand have been destroyed by the floods and landslides, caused by heavy rains, on June 16 and 17. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    A massive landslide on the road in Pandukeswar, 21 km from Joshimath town. Thousands of roads, buildings and bridges in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand have been destroyed by the floods and landslides, caused by heavy rains, on June 16 and 17. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  •  A girl eats a biscuit as part of relief given by charity Save the Children in Pandukeshwar, 21 km from Joshimath on July 14, 2013. Floods and landslides, caused by heavy rains, devastated the Indian state on Uttarakhand on June 16 and 17, leaving tens of thousands of villagers cut off from main roads and in need of basic food and other items. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    A girl eats a biscuit as part of relief given by charity Save the Children in Pandukeshwar, 21 km from Joshimath on July 14, 2013. Floods and landslides, caused by heavy rains, devastated the Indian state on Uttarakhand on June 16 and 17, leaving tens of thousands of villagers cut off from main roads and in need of basic food and other items. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  •  Flood-hit villagers in Gaurikund town unload aid brought by the Indian Air Force on July 17, 2013. Floods and landslides devastated the Indian state on Uttarakhand on June 16 and 17, leaving tens of thousands of villagers cut off from main roads and in need of basic aid and medicines. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    Flood-hit villagers in Gaurikund town unload aid brought by the Indian Air Force on July 17, 2013. Floods and landslides devastated the Indian state on Uttarakhand on June 16 and 17, leaving tens of thousands of villagers cut off from main roads and in need of basic aid and medicines. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  •  A woman stands by the road in Patyuon village, 20 km from Guptkashi town in India’s Himalayan state of Uttarakhand on July 18, 2013. Stranded villagers say there has been no electricity and compensation for their damaged homes and farms, adding that they need roads and bridges to be repaired after floods and landslides devastated the area on June 16 and 17. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation

    A woman stands by the road in Patyuon village, 20 km from Guptkashi town in India’s Himalayan state of Uttarakhand on July 18, 2013. Stranded villagers say there has been no electricity and compensation for their damaged homes and farms, adding that they need roads and bridges to be repaired after floods and landslides devastated the area on June 16 and 17. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation

  •  A road damaged by floods 10 km from Rudraprayag town in India’s Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. Thousands of homes, roads and bridges in the region are in need of repair after the floods and landslides on June 16 and 17. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    A road damaged by floods 10 km from Rudraprayag town in India’s Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. Thousands of homes, roads and bridges in the region are in need of repair after the floods and landslides on June 16 and 17. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  •  Survivors of floods and landslides in India’s Himalayan state of Uttarakhand wait to be evacuated by the Indian force from Gaurikund village, near the epicentre of the disaster on June 23, 2013. The government says that almost 6,000 people who are missing are to be presumed dead one month after the disaster struck. Credit: Air Commodore Rajesh Isser/Indian Air Force

    Survivors of floods and landslides in India’s Himalayan state of Uttarakhand wait to be evacuated by the Indian force from Gaurikund village, near the epicentre of the disaster on June 23, 2013. The government says that almost 6,000 people who are missing are to be presumed dead one month after the disaster struck. Credit: Air Commodore Rajesh Isser/Indian Air Force

  •  A man sits outside a flood-hit home in the Indian town Srinagar, 106 km from Rishikesh city on July 13, 2013. Thousands of roads, buildings and bridges in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand have been destroyed by the floods and landslides, caused by heavy rains, on June 16 and 17. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    A man sits outside a flood-hit home in the Indian town Srinagar, 106 km from Rishikesh city on July 13, 2013. Thousands of roads, buildings and bridges in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand have been destroyed by the floods and landslides, caused by heavy rains, on June 16 and 17. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  •  Landslides leave trucks filled with relief materials for flood-hit survivors stranded on the road 5 km from Gauchar on July 13, 2013. Treacherous mountain roads and heavy rains causing landslides is hampering efforts to get aid to tens of thousands of people, who are cut off from main roads or have no income after losing their farmlands and businesses after floods on June 16 and 17 devastated the north Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    Landslides leave trucks filled with relief materials for flood-hit survivors stranded on the road 5 km from Gauchar on July 13, 2013. Treacherous mountain roads and heavy rains causing landslides is hampering efforts to get aid to tens of thousands of people, who are cut off from main roads or have no income after losing their farmlands and businesses after floods on June 16 and 17 devastated the north Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  •  Maheshwari Devi , 41, stands outside a makeshift tent in Govindghat, 19 km from Joshimath town on July 14, 2013, after her house was partially destroyed by floods. Thousands of homes, roads and bridges in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand are in need to repair after the floods and landslides on June 16 and 17. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    Maheshwari Devi , 41, stands outside a makeshift tent in Govindghat, 19 km from Joshimath town on July 14, 2013, after her house was partially destroyed by floods. Thousands of homes, roads and bridges in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand are in need to repair after the floods and landslides on June 16 and 17. Credit: Nita Bhalla/Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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