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Uttarakhand Mayhem: Why rural folks are unreported?

Hundreds of rural folks who worked along the pilgrim route to Kedarnath as porters, labourers and vendors to earn some money in the pilgrimage season are still missing in the rain and flood tragedy that has hit Uttarakhand. 
Electronic and Print media has been reporting the rain and flood tragedy at the four pilgrim spots, the Char Dham of Kedarnath. Badrinath. Gangotri and Yamunotri. 
But, what about those beyond the pilgrimage spots, where the tragedy has a lot of ramifications for locals, the most important being loss of livelihood.
Hundreds of men from villages in Mandakini Valley surrounding Kedarnath temple town are missing, who used to earn their livelihoods along the 14 km pilgrimage route, working as porters to carry children, women or elderly on their backs, selling knick-knacks like chips or bottled water and raincoats and also run the many dhabas, the eating joints that dot the winding mountain road. In another village in Guptkashi, 22 km away, 78 men who were working in …