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The book KAALA MEGHAM (Telugu) is a mirror of a terrible, unpredictable disaster and its consequences. It is a human interesting, necessary and informative book that shows the destruction and enormous loss caused by the cloudburst centered on the state of Uttarakhand. The narration style is readable throughout, with every detail of the devastation and alerting people to human error against nature.
The cloudburst wreaked havoc in the northern state of India in 2013 .The state of Uttarakhand drastically received desolation and large loss. Though the meteorological department hinted at the disaster in advance, the government took it casually and did not take the necessary action in time. The flash floods shook the Mountains, trees collapsed, and cliffs slipped suddenly due to the impact of the country's worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. Particularly, the Kedarnath shrine was destroyed like anything.
Due to the said floods, thousands of civilians died. Pilgrims of Kedarnath and local people were amongst those who died at large. Nobody could react, even though their loved ones were losing their lives instantly. The situation of being stuck during trekking was very miserable. Some died right away due to starvation and extreme cold. Several incidents of robbery and rape were also committed by taking undue advantage of the situation. Some culprits cut parts of pilgrims' bodies to snatch jewellery. There were some people who supplied food without caring about the intense cold and heavy rain.
Thousands of houses vanished. Roads were cut and bridges were washed away. Due to this, transportation came to a standstill. More than one and a half lakh pilgrims were transported to safer places through airlift. More than 10,000 soldiers belonging to the Army, Navy, and Air Force rendered services to the best of their abilities. Dead bodies occupied valleys, woods, etc. As per the data released by the government, the death toll was placed at 6,054. Several people were presumed dead. The bodies of people, including children, were not traced at all. Those dead bodies were stuck in debris. They died in the water currents of the Ganges River. If nature reacts adversely, human life is nothing. Humans are part and parcel of nature to live happily. Whereas, nowadays, human beings have been destroying nature. Humans are trying to win nature in one or other way.
Deforestation, crushing hills, robbing ores, sand, etc.. totally, humans have been destroying nature in all possible ways. Cyclones, floods, tsunamis, etc. are the result of said destructive acts. The Himalayan mountains are the venue of all gods and goddesses. It is a holy place where saints prefer to live. Those are the protective walls of our country. Nature has shown a sample of the destruction to an entire country by showing if natural calamities happen in the Himalayas. Though ten years have passed since the date of the disaster, our government has not woken up to date. Mistakes are repeated. Roads have been formed by trimming hills. New projects are formed against the natural resources.
The eco-imbalance has been affected in Himalayan mountains. Ice treasures have been melting at double speed. This book, while narrating the minutes of the disaster, highlights the lethargic approach that has continued to date. Though the man-made structures were washed away due to the impact of the massive flood, the Kedarnath temple was not impacted in any manner. The book also reveals how the temple survived for four centuries, though it was covered with an ice blanket. The author tried well to reveal the reasons behind the tragedy, traditional and other native facts.
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