Apart from Joshimath in Uttarakhand, here are other Indian cities that are in danger of sinking in the near future

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The town of Joshimath in Uttarakhand, which is a gateway to several important pilgrimage sites in India, is currently sinking, with the city’s ground already sinking several centimeters in the past 10 days, according to an ISRO report.

While environmentalists and experts have raised the alarm regarding Joshimath for decades, the crisis recently intensified when the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) reported that the city’s ground has subsided more than 5 cm in the past 10 days.

There were deep and wide cracks in the walls of houses, temples and even on roads as a result of the sinking of various parts of Joshimath, causing the residents of the city to panic. Now the center has been taking steps in recent days to move people from their homes to safer locations.

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Experts believe Joshimath is sinking because the city is built in an area prone to landslides, with a lot of loose debris and eroded rocks, making the ground unstable. Furthermore, tourist visitor numbers and the high pace of construction also played a role in the sinking crisis.

According to experts and environmentalists, Joshimath is not the only city at risk of sinking several inches underground. In fact, here is a list of other towns in Uttarakhand that may suffer the same fate as Joshimath.

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Joshimath sinking crisis: Other cities are in danger of sinking

  • Mana
  • Tehri
  • Dharasu
  • Nainital
  • Harshil
  • Uttarkashi
  • Gauchar
  • Pithoragarh
  • Champawat

Experts believe that these cities, like Joshimath, are built on areas that have seen a lot of landslides in the past, and thus the ground is unstable. Furthermore, these cities see thousands of tourists every year, which is why industrialization and construction activities have reached a peak.

Located at an elevation of about 6,000 feet, the holy city of Joshimath has been the latest victim of subsidence, gradually displacing and eventually submerging the underground layers of soil in the area.

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