Himalayan Flood Disaster Relief
From June 14–17, 2013, torrential monsoon rains and a massive water eruption from the Chorabari Glacier led to devastating flash floods and landslides across the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand, North India. Thousands of homes and structures, along with roads and bridges, were washed away, stranding over 100,000 villagers and pilgrims from around India.
The epicenter of this disaster was the ancient sacred shrine of Kedarnath, which was virtually destroyed by the floods and ensuing landslide. Beyond Kedarnath, a slew of neighboring sacred shrines saw utter devastation, including Badrinath, Joshimath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, and the Valley of Flowers region.
Many of the affected regions in the Himalayas have historical significance to the Himalayan Institute, its founder, and its members, who immediately felt called to action. In a short period, funds were raised that supported thousands in need through medical relief efforts and reconstruction aid. The Himalayan Institute raised over $20,000 to help support the victims of this natural disaster. Thank you for your support!