Alone अकेला



A solitary hand pump after flash floods in Uttarakhand in 2013.

The floods affected several parts of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Western Nepal. The death toll reached above 6,000 and included many tourists along with residents. Due to the destruction of bridges and roads about 300,000 pilgrims and tourists got trapped in the valleys*.

I still remember that as I was clicking the photo, I thought about how even when everything else around this hand pump had been washed away, it stood alone, withstanding the powerful flood, like a lone soldier.

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