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Uttarakhand floods: Rudrapur village mourns the loss of 10 priests

Jun 24, 2013 08:31 AM IST India India

Rudrapur: Uttarakhand is struggling to come to terms with the devastation caused due to heavy rains and flash floods. One village enroute to Kedarnath, Rudrapur, has lost 10 young priests, who were killed in the flash floods.

An inconsolable mother, a little girl blissfully unaware of the loss of her father and an entire village is left in mourning. Rudrapur is popularly known as pandit village. Generation after generation, men here have worked as teerth purohits at the shrine. But the devastating flash floods of June 17 swept away 10 young priests of this village and many families lost their sole bread winners.

Vijaya Devi, a widow and a paralysis patient has lost her only son. 23-year-old Kalpeshwar was at Kedarnath on that fateful day and hasn't returned home. "There is no greater loss than losing your son and so my world has been shattered," said Kalpeshwar's uncle.

Just 200 metres away, 5-year-old Piya is blissfully ignorant about her father's loss. 36-year-old Anup, a priest at the Kedarnath temple is survived by his wife, two children and old parents. "He is married and has a son and a daughter. The entire village is in shock. They hoped he would return but, now there is no hope," Anup's father said.

With little hope left for the return of the 10 young men, the priest village is in mourning and still trying to come to terms with the Himalayan Tsunami.