VHP Press Release on Uttrakhand flood calamity

Kedarnath temple, Gouri Kund, Gopeshwar & part of Uttarakhand damaged, Thousands of people dead / Missing;

VHP & Hindu Help Line trying to Help

Delhi, June 18, 2013

In the worst ever natural calamity that struck Uttarakhand, 4 Dhaam Yaatra area, Rudra Prayag, Gupt Prayag, Uttar Kashi & surrounding areas, thousands of people have been washed away. M any dead bodies are still in the vicinity of Kedarnath temple. Roads are blocked & cracked. Cloud burst, incessant rains & landslides have created big havoc. Gouri Kund is washed away. Many hotels in the area along with people in them are missing. 4,500 mules (khacchhar) serve devotees. Each mule has one attendee. None of them are found. Markets are washed out with people. The number of the dead & missing may cross thousands as 4 Dhaam yaatra was on.

While expressing shock & sorrow, VHP International Working President Dr Pravin Togadia said, "VHP expresses sympathy toward relatives of those who are no more. Those who are injured & are taking treatment are being helped by local VHP & Hindu Help Line workers. Soon to help relatives & the affected, VHP & Hindu Help Line will send the teams from neighboring states so transportation; treatments will be taken care of. Since the calamity is beyond normal human comprehension, all should work together to help the army & ITBP who are putting own lives at risk in rescue & relief operations. We had noticed & raised an opposition to a lot of tree burning, breaking of mountain ranges with dynamites for power projects etc. All this has contributed to the damage caused by rains."

VHP has appealed to put the affected devotees' care as the only goal at this time of tragedy & not get into political blame game. All should come together to help.


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  1. Kommu S V DakshinamurthyJune 19, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    How do we help those suffering, from our own states? Please announce that. There are many who are ready to support.

  2. I heard the uncontrolled development could have been one of the factors to cause the disaster. The government controls Hindu temples to grap the donations. The government mines the mountains in the area instead of restoring the region. Now so many devotees have lost their lives and the nonsecular government is quiet.