Trapped in Kedarnath

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A struggle for survival! Witness heart-wrenching stories of people who were caught amidst the chaos, experiencing nature’s wrath and striving hard to save themselves and their loved ones. From an enduring seven weeks in the Andes to a daring cave rescue, ‘Trapped’ is a brand new series which shares ultimate survival tales.

Tonight at 9 pm Nat Geo India will present a special series ‘Trapped in Kedarnath’ depicting the most shocking natural disaster of the World, which led to massive devastation in India.

This series offers a personal look at some of the most incredible rescue stories. Told by the survivors and rescuers involved, we see what inspires these individuals to keep going when hope is gone. The heroism, sacrifice and bravery on the part of both survivors and rescuers are moving, powerful examples of human will and determination.

The massive floods at Kedarnath have left behind a trail of death and destruction in the entire valley stretching from the temple town to Gaurikund and further downstream. A buzz with pilgrims till last 3 months, the 1,200-year-old shrine now stands alone amid a sea of debris.

The exact reason for the flash floods was the breaking of the Kedar Dome that led to the rupture of Charbari Lake, less than 6 km from the shrine after a cloud burst.

Kedarnath (or Kedarnath Main) and Kedarnath Dome (or Kedar Dome) are two mountains in the Gangotri group of peaks in the western Garhwal Himalayas.

Kedarnath is located on the main ridge that lies south of the Gangotri Glacier, while Kedarnath Dome, a subpeak of the main peak, lies on a spur projecting towards the glacier, two kilometres northwest of Kedarnath.

While Kedarnath is the highest peak on the south side of the Gangotri Glacier, and Kedarnath Dome is the third highest.

The weather in the valley had started to deteriorate a day before the disaster and turned for the worse after the water level in the Mandakini began to rise due to incessant rains.

Sometime early the next day of June 16 2013, tragedy struck when a cloud burst upstream from the valley. A cloud burst occurs due to extreme pressure created on rain bearing clouds when they get trapped in a valley which then ‘burst’ – the entire water falls on an area with massive force.

Eyewitness said huge rocks broke away from Kedar Dome and rolled towards the Kedarnath shrine but they got stuck some distance from the temple. The rocks diverted the mud and sludge away from the main temple thereby preventing its destruction.

However, the ‘Himalayan Tsunami’ flattened everything else that came in its way.

Nat Geo will showcase the entire disaster through the eye lens of victims and rescue workers. Don’t forget to watch this phenomenal series which has affected us all. Let’s take inspiration from the people who survived after facing almost death like experience. Salute to those rescuers who risked their lives to save others.

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