Joshimath sank 5.7cm in last 7 days

by Subhechcha Ganguly
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Joshimath may completely collapse, according to satellite images of the town and a preliminary evaluation of land subsidence from the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC). The report states that Joshimath sank by 8.9 cm between April and November 2022, during which time land subsidence was gradual. However, the intensity of ground subsidence rose between December 27, 2022, and January 8, 2023, and the town sank by 5.4 cm during these 12 days.

The entire region is gradually sinking, as seen in satellite photographs taken between July 2020 and March 2022. The sinking sections are shown by red dots. Data indicates that they are not just in the town of Joshimath but are dispersed throughout the valley. At Karnaprayag, 82 kilometres away, road cracks and home wall fractures have mostly gone undetected, yet they continue to happen. So far, 169 families totaling 589 persons have been relocated to assistance centres.
In Joshimath and Pipalkoti, there are 835 rooms acting as relief centres, with a combined capacity for 3,630 people.

42 impacted families have already received interim relief totaling 1.5 lakh.A committee would determine the market pricing for compensation to be paid to the families impacted in Joshimath while taking into account the interests of stakeholders, according to Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

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