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India says nearly 6,000 missing a month after devastating floods


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So sad to hear of this many people missing.

http://weather.yahoo.com/india-says-nearly-6-000-missing-month-devastating-113755724.html

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India officially declared on Monday that nearly 6,000 people were missing a month after flash floods ravaged large parts of its northern state of Uttarakhand, but stopped short of saying they were presumed dead.

The figure of 5,748, based on tallies of missing persons from around the country, was the first official estimate following weeks in which the numbers of dead and missing fluctuated wildly from a few hundred to several thousand.

Their families will now be eligible for financial relief, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna told a news conference, adding that his government would pay 150,000 rupees ($2,500) to families in the state, besides compensation from the federal government.

"We are not getting into the controversy whether the missing persons are dead or not," said Bahuguna. "We are abiding by what the families of the victims say, and if they think that they haven't come back and have no hope as well, (then) we are providing them monetary relief."

The official death toll still stands at 580, an official of the National Disaster Management Authority told Reuters. More than 4,600 of the missing in Uttarakhand had come from elsewhere in India, said the official, who declined to be identified as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Record rains in June caused devastating landslides and flooded rivers in Uttarakhand, trapping tens of thousands of Hindu devotees, who flock there each year on a pilgrimage to the temple towns of Kedarnath, Gangotri, Badrinath and Yamunotri.

The rains buried villages in silt and washed away roads, while raging rivers like the Ganges swept away homes on their banks.

The disaster, dubbed a "Himalayan tsunami" by officials and media, prompted one of the largest airlifts in the history of the Indian air force, as helicopters flew hundreds of sorties to rescue residents and pilgrims and drop thousands of kilograms of relief material.

More than 100,000 people were rescued by the air force and security force personnel on the ground, officials said.

($1=59.9250 Indian rupees)

(Refile to fix typo in name of pilgrim town Badrinath in paragraph 6)

(Additional reporting by Nita Bhalla,; Writing by Sruthi Gottipati, Editing by Ross Colvin and Clarence Fernandez)

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So many people around the world live in areas where they could be at risk. Such as places where there can be devastating floods/monsoons, or in the foothills of volcanoes. It is good to see that, in this story at least, there's a helpful response from the local authorities. People don't live in those areas because they're ignorant of the risks, they live there because there's good growing land so they can feed their families.

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I agree, the media is very prejudice and often incompetent, which causes a lot of damage between races and religions. It's like they don't know how to report the truth anymore, just something that sounds good, and of course they are always blowing their reports out of proportion so it sounds better, but the real catastrophies, they ignore. I have to hand it to Yahoo though, they at least put it in the weather news. This is coming from someone who worked for PBS in the Public Relations Department and had constant contact with the media. Things sure have changed.

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I think part of the problem is when devastation like this occurs a long way away, and in an area that isn't seen to be "westernised", it can be difficult to feel a connection to the people living there. And the western news tends to restrict itself to stories that it can easily sell to people who could feel a connection, which tends to be more "local" news.

And non-print news these days isn't really information, it's become more a product governed by advertising revenue.

Libby

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Basically the world is a mess, and most of the people world-wide are ignorant as to what is going on in other parts of it.

I'm one of those people that believes the media is controlled. I've called the news desk at different stations and on different dates about chemtrails (geoengineering), and every time they say they don't know what I'm talking about and will have to research it. They aren't allowed to report on them. They know. There have been stations in the past that have reported on them, like one in California, but that was a long time ago, and haven't since.

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