Dehradun: Leading Hindi daily Dainik Jagran had clearly warned the Uttarakhand government of the massive destruction in Kedarnath even nine years ago.

A major portion of upper layer of 6 kilometre Chorabari glacier had fallen due to avalanche, creating 16 snow lakes in the area. It was feared that these lakes could pose threat to the Kedarnath temple from the back side due to their continuous increase in size.

Dainik Jagran had published the news on the front page on August 2, 2004. Apart from this, the newspaper also highlighted the news related to melting of glaciers and warned the administration of threat looming large in the Kedar valley.

But the government neither paid heed to these warnings nor took any measures to check them. Had the government been taken the warning seriously, the calamity could have been avoided in the hill state of Uttarakhand.

According to the reports, the number of dead stands at 580 while the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has rescued 8,634 people from Kedarnath taking the overall evacuation to 1,08,253 people.

(JPN/Bureau)

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