Landslide Prone 147 Districts: The two hilly districts of Uttarakhand, Rudraprayag and Tehri, are most at risk of landslides. This has been revealed in the latest ‘Landslide Atlas’ report of ISRO’s Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC). These districts top the list of landslides.
National Remote Sensing Center has issued a list of 147 districts prone to landslides across the country. In this, Rudraprayag is first and Tehri is second.
Chamoli is at number 19
Chamoli district, which came into the limelight due to landslide in Joshimath, is at number 19 among the districts prone to landslides. Information received from the Emergency Operation Center of Rudraprayag. According to the district, there are 32 old landslide areas. Most of these are located on National Highway 107. Similarly Tehri along with Totaghati has been identified as a very old landslide site.
The special thing is that all 13 districts of Uttarakhand are included in this list. While Rudraprayag and Tehri are at the first and second places, Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar are at the bottom of the list at 146th and 147th places respectively.
The devastation of 2013 came in Rudraprayag
The famous Kedarnath Dham is located in Rudraprayag which is on the top of the list. In 2013, there was a severe disaster in which thousands of people were killed. Sirobagarh and Narkota areas of Rudraprayag are most affected by landslides. Landslides are reported here throughout the year. On the other hand, the incidence of landslides accelerates in most areas with the onset of monsoon.
Sensitive in terms of earthquakes
Uttarakhand is a very sensitive state in terms of landslides. Data from the State Emergency Operation Center shows that between 2018 and 2021, 253 landslides occurred in Uttarakhand. 127 people died in this. The Atlas report states that over 11,000 landslides have been recorded in Uttarakhand in the last two decades. Among these, the maximum landslide areas fall on Rishikesh-Rudraprayag-Chamoli-Badrinath, Rudraprayag-Ukhimath-Kedarnath, Chamoli-Ukhimath, Rishikesh-Uttarakashi-Gangotri route.
As per the Landslide Atlas, other districts highly vulnerable to earthquakes include Rajouri and Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram in Kerala, South Sikkim and East Sikkim in Sikkim.
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