Five years ago in June 2013, nature showed its course as a massive flood ravaged the state of Uttarakhand. The cloudburst reduced the famous pilgrimage site to debris. With tourists trapped under nature’s cover, bridges and roads were destroyed and Indian Air Force and Paramilitary teams had to be put in place to evacuate 1,10,000 people.
The floods were compared to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, the third largest earthquake to be ever recorded on a seismograph. The Himalayas, however, are a dynamic and robust landscape. A result of millions of years of tectonic movements, climatic change and crustal shortening, the Himalayas balance the mountain peaks touching the sky and the deep rivers that flow down below.
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