Joshimath Sinking Crisis: IMD Predicts Rain, Snowfall In Coming Days; may cause more subsidence in Uttarakhand city

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The next four days will be very tough for the residents of Joshimath in Uttarakhand, which is already experiencing subsidence and leaving people homeless.

Adding to the misery of the people, the Meteorological Department has forecast rain and snow in Joshimath, Chamoli and Pithoragarh on January 19, 20, 23 and 24.

According to meteorologists, there is a possibility of change in the weather pattern in the state due to the reactivation of Western Disturbance in these four days.

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“There is a chance of rain on January 19 and 20, while on January 23 and 24 there is a chance of snow and rain,” said Bikram Singh, director of Meteorological Center Dehradun.

In such a situation, the government, administration and district administration will have to be alert in the disaster-affected Joshimath area, he added.

Hundreds of residents have been transferred to shelters in safe places after subsidence began in Joshimath.

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The Uttarakhand government has already announced aid packages worth millions of rupees for the affected families of Joshimath.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said the aid package has been released for nearly 3,000 families affected by gradual subsidence in the Himalayan state.

“For now, temporary relief of Rs 1.50 lakh per family is being provided. An advance of Rs 1 lakh has been given to the affected landowners or families due to landslides in the affected area before the permanent settlement relocation policy is prepared,” Dhami told reporters during his visit to Joshimath last week.

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The Chief Minister also announced that Rs 50,000 has been given to each family by the state disaster authority as a non-adjustable one-off special grant for the transportation of goods and the immediate needs of their premises.