Joshimath land subsidence: Experts start door-to-door survey

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A team of experts, including officials from the administration and State Disaster Management, conducted a door-to-door survey in the areas which were affected by the land subsidence in Uttarakhand Joshimath.

Garhwal Commissioner Sushil Kumar and Disaster Management Secretary Ranjit Kumar Sinha started the door-to-door survey in the Joshimath, Chamoli district.

As reported earlier, a total of 561 establishments in Joshimath reported cracks that emerged after land subsidence, with 153 establishments reporting major cracks in the Ravigram ward in Uttarakhand.

Out of 561 establishments, 127 are in the Gandhinagar ward, 28 in the Marwadi ward, 24 in the Lower Bazaar ward, 52 are in the Singhdhar ward, 71 are in the Manohar Bagh ward, 29 in the Upper Bazaar ward, 27 in the Sunil ward, 50 in Parsari, and 153 in Ravigram reported cracks,” a statement from Chamoli administration read.

On Thursday, a total of nine families have been displaced, which includes four families in Joshimath Municipal Corporation, one from Gurudwara Joshimath, one from Tourist Hostel, Manohar Bagh, and others, the statement read.

A total of 38 families have been displaced till now, it added.

Earlier on Friday, in the wake of the news of land subsidence in Joshimath and cracks developing in many houses in the town, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that he would hold a high-level meeting in Dehradun this evening.

“I will hold a high-level meeting with top officials in Dehradun this evening regarding landslides in Joshimath and cracks in houses,” Uttarakhand CM told ANI today.

Apart from the officials of the Disaster Management, Irrigation, Home Department, Commissioner Garhwal Mandal, and District Magistrate Chamoli will also participate in the meeting.

Dhami further said that he would visit Joshimath on Saturday and take stock of the situation.

“A team from BJP has also been sent there,” he added.

Notably, Joshimath Municipal Chairman Shailendra Pawar said huge cracks appeared in the houses due to a leakage of water from inside the ground in the Marwadi ward.

The Chamoli district administration on Thursday asked Hindustan Construction Company Ltd (HCC) and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to be prepared to shelter the affected families migrating from Uttarakhand’s Joshimath due to land subsidence.

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