Journal of Geography  & Natural Disasters

Journal of Geography  & Natural Disasters
Open Access

ISSN: 2167-0587



Disaster Hit Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand Himalaya: Causes and Implications

Sushil Khanduri

The area devastated by disastrous on 1st July 2016 is located in Didihat and Thal Tehsils of Pithoragarh district and fall in the catchments of East Ramganga and Charma rivers respectively. Heavy rains caused landslide incidences and damages in the area around Didihat, Bastari and Naulra villages. As many as 21 human lives were lost in these incidences. The impact on these localities of landslides caused by heavy rainfall events and fast changes in landscape. Landslide incidences are attributed to construction on loose soil/overburden material and drainages. Increasing anthropogenic activities, venturing in unsafe areas due to limited land availability and heavy localized precipitation. These are continuously increasing the vulnerability of these to landslides. In view of that, the paper will provide insights into suggestive measures that may help in preparing a roadmap towards sustainable development within the affected areas.