Joshimath | What Happened to Joshimath | Why Joshimath Sinking

Joshimath | What Happened to Joshimath | Why Joshimath Sinking


Joshimath, often spelled Jyotirmath, is a municipality and a city in the Uttarakhand state of India's Chamoli District. It is a gateway to numerous Himalayan Mountain climbing adventures, hiking paths, and pilgrimage sites like Badrinath and is situated at a height of 6150 feet. The following are the famous spot from Joshimath:

Joshimath to Auli, Auli Joshimath, Joshimath Kedarnath, Joshimath Badrinath. There are many Hotels constructed in Joshimath for pilgrim and tourist.

What happened to Joshimath?

The exact reason behind Joshimath land subsidence is still unknown, but experts cite unplanned construction, overpopulation, obstruction of the natural flow of water, and hydropower activities as possible causes.

Subsidence is defined as "the sinking of the earth due to subterranean material movement" by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Numerous factors, both natural and man-made, including mining operations and the removal of water, oil, or natural resources, can cause it. Subsidence has many well-known causes, including earthquakes, soil erosion, and soil compaction.

Why is Joshimath Sinking?

Himalaya is described as heaven in our Veda & Purana, it was forbidden for non-habitat people to reach the Himalaya. No one was allowed to come to Himalaya by so called God living in that region. They know about the delicacy of nature.

Modern machinery and science made it easy to build roads and structures to reach Himalaya. Now Himalaya is a popular tourist destination.

More tourists means more money, so the greedy people started unplanned construction on the soft soil of the Himalaya. Now, Himalaya is overcrowded and overloaded. Construction on unstable land, poor drainage, and deforestation are the main causes of the sinking of Joshimath. Joshimath is extremely prone to sinking due to tectonic activity because it is located on a fault line.

Joshimath Rescue Underway

Following a satellite study, 600 homes in Uttarakhand's "sinking" town of Joshimath were evacuated. We are aware that 600 homes have been evacuated as of right now. According to Ministry of Home Affairs stated that more than 4,000 people have been relocated to safer area.

Some cracks were also noted in lower parts of the Army and ITBP establishments, but adequate safeguards are being adopted, the official said.

A high-level team that was led by Dr. Dharmendra Singh Gangwar, secretary for border management organisation, arrived in Dehradun at the same time and met with Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. A top Home Ministry official revealed, "The NDRF and local administration are conducting surveys to acquire accurate numbers.

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