Press Esc to close
Saturday 29 August 2015
News updated at 11:16 AM IST
Weather
Max: 27.6°C
Min : 19.4°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

It was like Shiva dancing in rage: Shobha Karandlaje

Bangalore, June 21, 2013, (PTI)
Shobha Karandlaje.

Former Karnataka Minister Shobha Karandlaje, who returned here after remaining stranded for four days at Rudraprayag in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, today said it was a harrowing experience as her group of 1,000 pilgrims had to spend sleepless nights sandwiched between high mountains and flooded Ganga river.
"The disaster in Uttarakhand reminded me of Hollywood film '2012', which I saw some years ago. I also felt that Lord Shiva was dancing in rage, probably angered due to degradation of ecology taking place in Rudraprayag area," she said narrating her harrowing experience to reporters here.

'2012' is an American science fiction film based on disaster story.

"We were around thousand people in our group," Karandlaje, who was a member in the previous BJP ministry and later joined former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa's KJP, said.

The landslide started on June 15 when she was returning from Gangotri. "I was lucky that my car reached a safe place. Three people, who were in a vehicle behind us, died after the vehicle fell into a ditch."

"We were sandwiched between high mountains and flooded Ganga river downwards. On top of the hill landslides were taking place. For one night I could not even get out of my car," she added.

She said after travelling a while she was stranded in her car at Kandiakhand and had to reach Budla by climbing a hill. "We were stranded at Budla for four days," she said.

Karandlaje said the pilgrims in her group were from West Bengal, Maharashtra and Rajasthan and majority were old women and children. They had minimal food supply and children fell sick and there was no doctor to attend to them. "We could not sleep either due to the rising river water or the possibility of more landslides," she said.

She said the locals helped her group to fetch water from far off places on their bikes as going closer to the river was dangerous.

Karandlaje said to get to the safer place they walked some distance and rode some distance as a pillion on bikes, adding, local people were "extremely helpful".

In Gangotri, she met some pilgrims from Karnataka but many who were stranded in Kedarnath and other places were in touch with her on her mobile, Karandlaje said.

"At Rishikesh, I also saw thousands of bikes, cars and gas cylinders getting washed away at Gangotri-Alakananda Sangam...The military is doing a good job in rescuing people and taking them to safety." 


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Ex-servicemen celebrate Raksha Bandhan even as they continue their...

Ex-servicemen celebrate Raksha Bandhan even as they continue their...

Priest of Kumkum Swaminarayan temple gives final touch to a...

Priest of Kumkum Swaminarayan temple gives final touch to a...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi paying obeisance at Hazratbal Shrine, in Srinagar...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi paying obeisance at Hazratbal Shrine, in Srinagar...

Sand artist Manas Sahoo makes a sand art on the eve of Raksha Bandhan with a message...

Sand artist Manas Sahoo makes a sand art on the eve of Raksha Bandhan with a message...

A woman tying Rakhi to army soldiers on eve of Raksha Bandhan festival in Surat on Friday.

A woman tying Rakhi to army soldiers on eve of Raksha Bandhan festival in Surat on Friday.

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor with fashion designer Manish Malhotra at his show...

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor with fashion designer Manish Malhotra at his show...

Students celebrate Onam festival by making floral rangoli ‘pookalam’ at a public school...

Students celebrate Onam festival by making floral rangoli ‘pookalam’ at a public school...

Devotees watch a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar...

Devotees watch a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar...

Activists of Left Front affiliated peasants organisation break police barricades...

Activists of Left Front affiliated peasants organisation break police barricades...

Boys stand near the charred vehicles after the incidents of violence following the Patel...

Boys stand near the charred vehicles after the incidents of violence following the Patel...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523