Joshimath has been declared a ‘sinking zone’ in the wake of continuing land subsidence, with several homes and roads developing cracks over the last few days, driving residents outdoors and triggering fear.
Taking stock of the prevailing situation in the popular pilgrimage site, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has given instructions for monitoring all ongoing development works in the area while ensuring immediate relief and rescue of residents affected by the Joshimath landslide and subsidence.
#WATCH | We’ve appealed to everyone to work as a team & save #Joshimath. (People of) 68 houses that were in danger have been shifted. A zone of over 600 houses has formed & efforts are underway to shift them. PM is also monitoring it &has assured all possible help: Uttarakhand CM pic.twitter.com/7QorJeBD9d
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) January 9, 2023
He has also directed all possible help to the affected locals and speeding up of all development work in the area.
Meanwhile, Chamoli District Magistrate Himanshu Khurana went door to door in the affected area to assess the extent of damage, while urging residents in houses that have developed cracks to move to relief centres.
According to the Chamoli District Disaster Management Authority, 603 buildings in Joshimath town have developed cracks.
A total of 68 families have been ‘temporarily’ displaced