Uttarakhand’s ‘Sinking’ Town Joshimath Declared Disaster-Prone Area

Current Affairs

  • In Uttarakhand, about a 1.5-kilometer landslide-affected area of Joshimath town has been declared as a disaster-prone area. Construction activities have been banned in this town and its surrounding areas.
  • After the series of landslides and cracks in the houses intensified in Joshimath, on the instructions of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, a team of experts was formed under the chairmanship of Secretary Disaster Management Dr. Ranjeet Sinha to re-study the situation in Joshimath.
  • According to the Chamoli District Disaster Management Authority, 603 buildings in Joshimath town have developed cracks so far. A total of 68 families have been ‘temporarily’ displaced, officials said.
  • The administration has also ordered an immediate evacuation of residents from areas prone to excessive landslides and deemed unsafe.
  • In the Joshimath city area, 229 rooms have been temporarily identified as habitable, with the capacity estimated at 1271.
  • The work of identifying the places affected by landslides is in progress and the vulnerable families are being temporarily shifted to safer places, officials said.
  • Dr. Sinha told that from Sunil Ward located on Auli Road in Joshimath to Ravigram, Manoharlal Bagh, Singhdwar, JP Colony, AT Nala and Alaknanda river, about one and a half kilometer part of the crescent shape is affected. This is about 40 percent of the city and has been declared a disaster zone.

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