We have been trying to keep you updated about the aftermath of last summer’s horrible floods in Uttarakhand. Our friends at Namarupa have been raising money for one village in the Himalayas.
Things are still bad there. Very bad.
Robert Moses of Namarupa posted a link to the following blog, which captures how things are. There are many photos — thus many thousands of words to take in:
Context: The picturesque Uttarakhand state situated in the cradle of Himalayas was wrecked by cloudbursts, landslides, and floods in the second half of June, 2013. Thousands of people died, and many more were rendered homeless. Thanks to the intervention of Indian armed forces and the paramilitary, thousands were airlifted and rescued over the next few weeks. Four months down the line, the relief work in the hard-hit areas reeks of inefficiency and corruption (SURPRISE!). First, there’s this inaccuracy in reported casualty numbers-somewhere to the tune of 4,500 (officially), when the facts on the ground indicate MUCH more. Second, there’s this question of delayed or half-hearted relief operations- people are out on the streets protesting the callousness of the approach. Third, there’s insult doled out in the form of cheques to the living dead – sometimes as low as Rs. 200 for having lost all forms of livelihood. And when some of those puny cheques bounce, you have no option, but to quote Tolkien “There is no curse in Elvish, Entish, or the tongues of Men for this treachery.”
The government declared victory by restarting the prayer ceremony at Kedarnath, the worst affected of the four holiest places for Hindu pilgrimage. Public was still not allowed. I felt that there was something rotten in the state of Uttarakhand. Just what and how much, I was going to find out.
You can find out, too. And much more comfortably.
Donate to Namarupa’s aid effort here.
Posted by Steve