Joshimath declared ‘landslide-subsidence zone’
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Joshimath, the gateway to Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath, has been declared a landslide-subsidence zone.
An overview of the news
Joshimath in Uttarakhand is currently facing landslides. Big cracks are being seen between people's houses and roads.
People are spending their nights outside in the bitter cold due to the fear of their houses collapsing.
Joshimath is a hill town located on the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway (NH-7) in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
The city is a tourist town as it serves as a rest stop for people visiting Badrinath, Auli, Valley of Flowers, and Hemkund Sahib.
What is the crisis of Joshimath?
Joshimath is a deposit of sand and stone - it is not the main rock - so it was not suitable for settlement.
Here the natural factors have been imbalanced due to vibration caused by explosions, heavy traffic etc. Lack of proper drainage facilities is also a reason for landslides.
A lot of water is seeping into the crystalline rocks below the surface, softening them further.
When water is not allowed to flow through its natural course, it builds up a lot of pressure above or below the ground.
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