Sun, 04 Aug 2013 18:15:00 GMT | By PTI

‘Human activities increasing risk of calamities in Kedarnath’

The study says overcrowding of people and construction have obstructed the natural flow of Saraswati river which now flows just behind Kedarnath town


‘Human activities increasing risk of calamities in Kedarnath’ (© Corbis)

New Delhi: Increasing human activities are augmenting the risk of natural disasters in the ecologically sensitive region of Kedarnath which was washed away by floods triggered by cloudburst in June, a latest study claims.

A team of scientists from the prestigious Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology has warned that rise in human activities around the area like pilgrimage and tourism would increase the risk of such disasters occurring in future.

Kedarnath is encircled by channels of Mandakini and Saraswati rivers which meet near the town.

The study led by scientist DP Dobhal, well-known for his work on Himalayan glaciers, says overcrowding of people and constructions have obstructed the natural flow of Saraswati river which now flows just behind Kedarnath town.

Similarly on down-stream near Rambara and Gaurikund, houses were constructed on loose soil making them prone to natural disasters and landslides, it said.

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