Tragic Landslides Claim 3 Lives at Hindu Temple Base Camp in Northern India, 17 Still Missing
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Tragic Landslides Claim 3 Lives at Hindu Temple Base Camp in Northern India, 17 Still Missing

LUCKNOW, India — Torrential rains triggered a devastating landslide at a base camp of a revered Hindu temple in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, claiming three lives, as reported by officials on Saturday.

At least 17 other individuals were reported missing in the village of Gaurikund, Uttarakhand state, according to Nandan Singh Rajwar, a top official of the region’s Disaster Management unit. The missing individuals include members of two families and a few pilgrims.

The landslides occurred on Thursday night when heavy rains caused a portion of a hill to collapse. Giant boulders tumbled down, destroying roadside shops and eateries, which were swept away by the fast-flowing Mandakini River.

Despite the challenging conditions, rescue teams resumed their search on Saturday. However, their efforts were hindered by ongoing heavy rains in the area.

Rajwar stated, “The (rescue) teams could only recover three bodies until Friday evening,” as the rescue operations had to be suspended due to the relentless rain and limited visibility.

Gaurikund, situated in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, has long been a starting point for thousands of devout pilgrims embarking on a spiritual journey to the revered Kedarnath temple—one of the holiest sites for Hindus.

The picturesque region attracts tourists and religious devotees from all corners of the world. The temple has already received over 1 million visitors this year, and the pilgrimage is scheduled to continue until mid-November.

The Tragic Past

LUCKNOW, India — Torrential rains triggered a devastating landslide at a base camp of a revered Hindu temple in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, claiming three lives, as reported by officials on Saturday. ( Photo by European Commission DG ECHO via WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

Tragically, this is not the first time the region has faced such devastation. In 2013, Gaurikund experienced a catastrophic flash flood that claimed over 6,000 lives and left many others missing. The flood not only washed away the temple town of Kedarnath but also engulfed several residential buildings along the pilgrimage route.

The scars of that calamity are still fresh in the memories of the locals and pilgrims alike, adding to the sorrow of the current tragedy.

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