Kedarnath turns into a ghost town after Uttarakhand floods

The hellish rains have turned Kedarnath into a ghost town. Though the outer structure of the temple seems intact, there were bodies piled up outside its gate. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
The hellish rains have turned Kedarnath into a ghost town. Though the outer structure of the temple seems intact, there were bodies piled up outside its gate. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
According to reports, rain water gushed into the town  from the summit behind the shrine carrying rocks and  boulders, destroying everything on its path. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
According to reports, rain water gushed into the town from the summit behind the shrine carrying rocks and boulders, destroying everything on its path. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Buildings have been completely damaged, rooms are only half standing, while lodges are filled with slush. Only the temple itself got saved due to its stone structure. However, while the damage to it has been slight, the scenes inside are as devastating. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Buildings have been completely damaged, rooms are only half standing, while lodges are filled with slush. Only the temple itself got saved due to its stone structure. However, while the damage to it has been slight, the scenes inside are as devastating. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
None is as stark as the one right at the entrance, before the deity. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
None is as stark as the one right at the entrance, before the deity. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Inside the Kedarnath shrine, a heavy layer of silt has accumulated, nearly covering the shivling that is the main object of worship.  (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Inside the Kedarnath shrine, a heavy layer of silt has accumulated, nearly covering the shivling that is the main object of worship. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Inside of the Kedarnath shrine with idols covered in silt. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Inside of the Kedarnath shrine with idols covered in silt. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
The most ironic part of the tragedy was that despite the mobile phone towers remaining intact, there was no electricity due to which people were unable to contact their families as their phones ran out of charge. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
The most ironic part of the tragedy was that despite the mobile phone towers remaining intact, there was no electricity due to which people were unable to contact their families as their phones ran out of charge. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Officials said on June 25 that search and rescue operations in Kedarnath and surrounding areas was over for all practical purposes.(IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Officials said on June 25 that search and rescue operations in Kedarnath and surrounding areas was over for all practical purposes.(IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
No more survivors have been found and defence and paramilitary personnel have now wrapped up their mission in town.  "No survivors remain in the jungles around Kedarnath. They have all been brought out," Ravinath Raman, nodal officer of rescue operations in Rudraprayag district said in Guptkashi on June 24. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
No more survivors have been found and defence and paramilitary personnel have now wrapped up their mission in town.
"No survivors remain in the jungles around Kedarnath. They have all been brought out," Ravinath Raman, nodal officer of rescue operations in Rudraprayag district said in Guptkashi on June 24. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Government officials quote the death toll at 1000 with thousands still missing.  A view of a shivling in the town. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Government officials quote the death toll at 1000 with thousands still missing.
A view of a shivling in the town. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
After days of recee, a total of 48 bodies have been marked out in Kedarnath, among the worst hit in Uttarakhand’s flood disaster last week. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
After days of recee, a total of 48 bodies have been marked out in Kedarnath, among the worst hit in Uttarakhand’s flood disaster last week. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Hundreds are still buried under several feet of mud. The temple committee, whose 18 pujaris and functionaries have not been found, estimates that the number of missing people in the town could touch the 3,000 mark. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Hundreds are still buried under several feet of mud. The temple committee, whose 18 pujaris and functionaries have not been found, estimates that the number of missing people in the town could touch the 3,000 mark. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
One of the National Disaster Relief Force troopers who has been camping here and coordinating rescue efforts for six days has given Kedarnath a new name: ‘Graveyard town’. A town whose dead remain uncounted.  (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
One of the National Disaster Relief Force troopers who has been camping here and coordinating rescue efforts for six days has given Kedarnath a new name: ‘Graveyard town’. A town whose dead remain uncounted. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Local construction teams are expected to reach Kedarnath and start digging up the 10-15 feet of slush, after which an estimate may be provided.  (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
Local construction teams are expected to reach Kedarnath and start digging up the 10-15 feet of slush, after which an estimate may be provided. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
ITBP teams have got reports from local goat herders or ‘bakarwals’ that at several locations along the long path down to the Kedarnath base camp, as well as alternate routes that people took after the floods hit, casualties have taken place due to exposure to cold, lack of food and dehydration. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)
ITBP teams have got reports from local goat herders or ‘bakarwals’ that at several locations along the long path down to the Kedarnath base camp, as well as alternate routes that people took after the floods hit, casualties have taken place due to exposure to cold, lack of food and dehydration. (IE Photo: Manu Pubby)

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