Joshimath crisis: MoS Defense assures inhabitants of all possible help
Earlier in the day, the minister met officials at the army base here.
In the city, more than 670 houses have developed cracks due to subsidence. Even roads have collapsed in several places.
Bhatt met the affected people in the Sunil district of the city and said the central and state governments are working on a war to get them out of the disaster.
The minister’s visit is considered important as the border with China is only 90 km from the city and an army brigade guards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) there. There is also an ITBP battalion stationed in Joshimath.
The Indian Army and ITBP jointly monitor Auli and all border lines nearby. In 2022, the Indian and US military had held a major joint exercise in Tapovan, with China protesting.
Land subsidence has led to a crisis in the existence of Joshimath, the closest town to the Chinese border in Chamoli district. Due to the cracks in buildings, shops, roads and other structures, there is a sense of fear among the residents.
By order of the district administration, many residents have left their homes while many people are still packing their things to leave the city.
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