If you thought reunions happen only in movies, read below a real life incident that is nothing less than a fairy tale.
A 17-year-old girl, Chanchal, returned home in Aligarh after being separated from her family in devastating floods that struck Kedarnath five years ago. While she has eventually returned home, she still awaits the news of her father who too went missing in the horrendous floods of 2013.
Chanchal who lives at Lohiya Nagar in Banna Devi locality of Aligarh said:
“Papa ka pata nahin hai (There’s is no clue where father is).”
She was aged only 13 when she had accompanied her parents and two sisters to Kedarnath. Mohan Kumar, her uncle delightedly said :
“Apni bachchi laut ke aayi hai’ (our child has returned home). She would go nowhere and live with chacha. It is indeed a miracle.”
Although Mohan, who is still hopeful and looking for his brother and Chanchal’s father, Rajesh, told Indian Express that the family refused to take care of the now 17-year-old partially blind and mentally unstable girl due to financial constraints.
“Following the tragedy, Seema (her mother), who was left alone returned to Ghaziabad but did not contact us. It will be difficult for us and our family to take care of the girl with her unsound condition.”
Gyanendra Mishra from Childline, a unit of ‘Udaan’ organisation instrumental in return of the girl narrated that Chanchal had lost track of her family and had reached a shelter home in Jammu. She was unable to speak clearly then and thus could not give out details of her family or home city initially. Mishra also confirmed that after being asked by Aligarh MLA Sanjeev Raja, the Police from Jammu brought her to Aligarh on Monday and handed her over to her grandmother Shakuntla Devi in presence of the MLA.
Between 13th and 17th June in the year 2013, the state of Uttarakhand had received an unusual amount of rainfall. This led to the melting of the Chorabari glacier and the eruption of the Mandakini river. The flash floods had wrought death and destruction in this pilgrim destination in Uttarakhand. Approximately 113 private lodges, houses and shops that were totally destroyed in the Kedarnath Valley.
The flood left behind a death toll of more than 5000. Ecologist Chandra Prakash Kala noted in a report that “the approximate cost of damaged bridges and roads was $285 million, dam projects worth $ 30 million and loss to state tourism worth $195 million.”
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