Flash flood of Baluvakot & Dharchula, Pithoragarh District, Uttarakhand, India: A case study

Beena Mishra


In recent years inclusive human interference and instability of nature have generate many problems (disasters and hazard) never seen before. Construction of big dams, buildings, roads and other public construction, and deforestation in combination, cause of hazardous situation. The purpose of this paper is to report on the Baluvakot-Dharchula flash flood in the mid June 2013. Pithoragarh district was one of the most affected district in Uttarakhand, generally comes under seismic zone-V. This paper explores the geographical causes of Baluvakot and Dharchula flash flood, and preventive measures to minimize such disaster in near future. The study is based on field work and secondary data of the flash flood.


Cloud burst, Flash flood, Anthropogenic activities, Uttarakhand

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