4 Feb 2023

Joshimath-Like Disaster In Jammu & Kashmir: Land Sinking In Doda; 3 Houses Collapse; 300 Relocated


Doda (Jammu): A disaster similar to Joshimath in Uttarakhand has has been reported in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district. At least 22 houses have developed cracks due to land subsidence in Jammu's Doda and three of the houses have collapsed this week. 

Officials said they have evacuated at least 300 people from their homes. More people could be at risk and are likely to be relocated. The crisis resembles the situation in Joshimath, where about 900 people have had to be shifted after over 180 homes developed cracks.

The SDM of Thathri Athar Amin Zargar said that the people living in these unsafe houses have been taken to safer places. A team of experts from the district administration will assess as to what exactly is the cause of the land subsidence.

Houses have developed massive cracks

Athar said that on Wednesday it was revealed that six houses had developed massive cracks. Later, Doda district collector, senior superintendent of police (SSP), and superintending engineer of the public works department visited the area. On Thursday, the cracks spread to 10 to 11 more houses. Athar said the entire area was sinking.  

Parts of the land appear to have sunk

Local administration said the cracks were caused because parts of the land had appeared to have sunk. The SDM said the land subsidence was at a large scale in the area.

GSI team reaches the spot

The Geological Survey of India team has reached to investigate the cause of the incident. Doda District Magistrate Athar Amin said that cracks were reported in some houses in the district in December. 

Six more buildings have developed cracks till Thursday. The cracks are increasing. The government has been informed about this. The land in the area is sinking.

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