What caused the Uttarakhand floods 2021?

The flash floods in Uttarakhand was due to the collapse of a hanging glacier, initial observations by scientists at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology suggests. A hanging glacier is a body of ice that breaks off abruptly at the edge of a precipice or steep slope.

Which natural disaster occurred in Uttarakhand in 2013?

In June 2013, a mid-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides, becoming the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. The rainfall received that month was far greater than the rainfall the state usually received.

What caused the Uttarakhand glacier burst?

A glacier burst took place on Sunday in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand after a chunk of Nanda Devi glacier broke off. It triggered an avalanche and a deluge crushing two hydroelectric power stations and washing away scores of homes.

When did flood occur in Uttarakhand 2021?

February 7, 2021
On February 7, 2021, a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off releasing the water trapped behind the ice, creating an avalanche and deluge that quickly turned into flash floods in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district.

What are the natural disasters in Uttarakhand?

Most parts of Uttarakhand being mountainous, there are disasters like earthquakes, Landslides, falling of icebergs. Also due to the fact that most of the area is forested in Uttarakhand, there is loss of life and property due to the disaster of fire in the forests and floods in the rivers due to excessive rains.

How many earthquake zones fall in Uttarakhand?

India is divided into five Earthquake Zone, out of which 2 earthquake zones fall in Uttarakhand. Dehradun, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar districts fall in sensitive zone 4, while Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Almora, Bageshwar, Pithoragarh, and Champawat fall in susceptible zone 5.

What caused the flash floods in Uttarakhand?

The glacier burst in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand caused the flash floods. It led to the death of 34 people with more than 170 people missing. Apart from that, it also caused destruction to public and private infrastructure.