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July 26, 2013

Glacier Contribution Kedarnath Flood in June 2013

On June 16 and 17th 2013 catastrophic flooding occurred in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, India due to excessive monsoon rains and the failure of a glacier moraine dammed lake. A detailed description of what led to the combined flows of the Mandakini and Saraswati River overwhelming Kedernath is provided by Dobhal et al (2013) in the most recent Current Science. issue. Here that analysis is supplemented with Landsat imagery from before and …