Early monsoon rains are devastating five districts in Uttarakhand in India. Debabrat Patra, ActionAid’s regional manager for Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, says:
“The situation here is catastrophic. People’s houses and animals have been washed away and many roads have simply disappeared.
Our partners in the region have reported that nearly 5,000 people are still missing in Kedarnath, presumed dead.
It’s the height of the tourist season, so there are thousands of people here from neighbouring states. The government are sending in helicopters and rescue teams, but not everyone can be reached.
ActionAid will be concentrating its rescue and relief efforts on local communities. We are particularly concerned about the hard to reach villages in remote areas.
ActionAid is particularly worried about the rampant dam construction all over the state which affects hundreds of villages along the banks of the Alaknanda, Bhagirathi and Mandakini. With no forest left to hold the earth, the threat of major landslides looms large.”