Uttarakhand’s holy town of Joshimath started ‘sinking’ way back in 1976: Here’s why
A report from the 1976 Mishra Commission noted the first case of sinking in Joshimath. Let's find out the ‘science’ behind the crisis.
Residents of the holy town of Joshimath in Uttarakhand have been concerned after spotting cracks in the town's buildings and streets, which they have described as the town "gradually sinking". Due to earth subsidence that caused 561 homes in Joshimath to develop cracks, the Uttarakhand government prohibited development work in the area on January 5 in response to protests from the terrified inhabitants. Let’s find out the science behind the Joshimath crisis.