Images from the relief work following the flash floods in Uttarkashi, North India, in which at least 31 people died. The floods destroyed homes and swept away bridges and a large amount of the Gangotri National Highway. An estimated 250 buildings collapsed.
We may be feeling peeved by the weather in the UK this summer. But the moonson flooding in North India last week puts our woes into perspective. Late last Friday night, flash floods struck the town of Uttarakshi and its neighbouring villages, killing at least 31 people. Forty are reported missing and an estimated 2-3,000 people have been affected overall.
Quitting his job and selling his house, Mark Helyar travels to India. Discovering a dynamic side to its vast land and people, he becomes embroiled in a post-tsunami orphanage intrigue, lives with street kids and is the first Angrez to visit some of the remote villages of the Garhwal region in the Himalayan foothills.
According to a new report produced by the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Sex Differentials in Childhood Mortality, the Times writes that “an Indian girl aged 1-5 years is 75% more likely to die than an Indian boy, making this the worst differential in child mortality for any country in the world.”