Uttarakhand’s Joshimath Saw ‘Rapid Sinking’ In 12 Days, Shows Satellite Images

Joshimath sinks 5.4 cm in just 12 days, shows satellite images

The image was taken from the Cartosat-2S . satellite

Chamoli/New Delhi:

Uttarakhand’s Joshimath witnessed a rapid 5.4 cm sinking in just 12 days, as reported by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Satellite images released by ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Center show the town sinking 5.4 centimeters between December 27 and January 8.

The report cited eyewitnesses as saying the massive land subsidence or land subsidence occurred as a result of a “rapid subsidence event triggered on January 2, 2022.”


Rapid land displacement occurred in central Joshimath including the Army Helipad and Narsing Temple. ISRO said: “The subsidence area is located near the Joshimath-Auli road at an altitude of 2180 meters.

The space agency also found that the sinking rate was much lower in the previous months – from April to November 2022 – in which Joshimath sank 9 centimeters.

“Slow subsidence of up to 9 centimeters inside the town of Joshimath was recorded over a seven-month period, from April to November 2022,” the report said.


The images were taken from the Cartosat-2S satellite.

Joshimath, a temple town that had been ‘submerged’ for a while, was plunged into crisis this year when buildings and roads appeared to have large cracks. About 4,000 people were moved to relief camps following a satellite survey.

In addition to hotels and businesses, 678 homes are in danger, the Uttarakhand government said. Some buildings are leaning precariously, posing a threat to adjacent structures.

The dismantling of two multi-storey hotels deemed unsafe – the Malari Inn and the five-story Mount View – began yesterday.

Chief Minister Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami, who visited Joshimath and held meetings with locals and experts on Thursday, said a committee will decide on compensation levels for affected families. interests, taking into account the interests of related parties.

“Currently, Rs 1,500,000 will be given to each affected family. This is only a temporary measure. We are still considering the compensation level,” he said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also chaired a high-level meeting to review the situation with Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, RK Singh, Bhupendra Yadav and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and senior government officials in his own house.

The unfolding disaster is not limited to Joshimath. In Karnaprayag, a town considered the gateway to Joshimath, residents of one locality – Bahuguna Nagar – have marked major cracks appearing in at least 50 homes in the past few months.

Joshimath is known as the “winter seat” of Lord Badrinath, whose idol is brought down from the main Badrinath temple down to the Vasudeva temple in town every winter. It is also the gateway to the holy Sikh temple Hemkund Sahib.

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