Every year, from May to October thousands of Hindu pilgrims trek to the holy Kedarnath Temple, located in the Himalayas 11,753 feet above sea level surrounded by ice-clad peaks. But this year was different. Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in northern India came and devastated the sacred land of Lord Shiva closing down one of India's most important Hindu pilgrimages, the Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand, the state worst hit by a natural disaster that was waiting to happen owing to deforestation, urbanization, and irresponsible religious tourism.
According to government estimates at least 5,000 people were killed in the deluge although the death toll could be more than double the official figure. At least 12,000 people were rescued from Uttarakhand last week raising the number of the rescued to over 80,000. Rescue operations are still on despite inclement weather and more than 26,500 pilgrims were rescued by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) rescue teams until now.
How you can help: Donate to Indis Flood Victims
If you would like to help the Uttarakhand flood victims, there are a number of ways to donate:
- Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, (PMNRF)
- Support 'Save the Children' Fund
- Donate to 'The Hope Trust'
If you looking for someone missing or have information about someone lost in the floods, please use the Google Person Finder.
Read Full Article: About the Kedarnath Temple and how it survived the catastrophe