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Uttarakhand: One dead, three go missing after house collapses in Joshimath village, search operations on

Seven labourers were present at the house when it collapsed in the night. Moments after the incident rescue teams rushed to the spot and rescued three persons.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Joshimath (Uttarakhand) Updated on: August 16, 2023 10:18 IST
Three labourers were rescued
Image Source : ANI Three labourers were rescued

A house collapsed in Hailang village of Joshimath development block, Uttarakhand on Tuesday night. Seven labourers were present in the house when the incident took place, three of them were rescued and a dead body was recovered from the debris. The search operations were underway to find the rest missing persons. 

Additional Information Officer of the district Ravindra Negi said those rescued were rushed to a hospital while State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel were trying to safely bring out the others trapped in the building.

Reportedly four people are feared trapped inside the building but it is yet to be confirmed by officials.

The incident occurred in Helang village on the Badrinath highway between Pipalkoti and Joshimath late Tuesday evening. 

According to information received, the two-storey house was built near a crusher unit on the banks of the Alaknanda river. People working in the crusher unit were living in the building which collapsed.

Monsoon rain widens cracks in Joshimath

Widening cracks in subsidence-hit Joshimath during the monsoon prompted authorities to shift five families to relief camps, said officials on August 14.

Admitting that land-subsidence in areas declared unsafe earlier this year seems to have been aggravated during the monsoon, Chamoli's Disaster Management Officer NK Joshi said five families were shifted from Sunil ward to relief camps two days ago.

In January, land subsidence around Joshimath led to hundreds of residents fleeing their homes, which had developed cracks, and taking refuge in hotels, rest houses and at homes of relatives and friends.

Now, the recent heavy rain has sparked panic among the disaster-hit families of Joshimath.

The residents of Singhdhar, Gandhinagar and Sunil wards are worried the most due to the rain as subsidence is increasing in these areas that were earlier declared unsafe.

Information about the subsidence from the affected area of Sunil ward was received three days ago, following which five families were brought to the relief camp as a precautionary measure, Joshi said.

The retaining wall of an alternative road to Badrinath via the Narsingh temple also caved in about 10 days ago.

The subsidence is also aggravating from JP Colony in Marwari to Singhdhar ward, which suffered the maximum damage earlier this year.

Pratap Singh Chauhan, a former gram panchayat head who lives in the same area, said the pedestrian road between the Singhdhar ward's primary school and the Narsingh temple is almost completely in a state of collapse.

The size of the cracks above and below the road is gradually getting wider. It is the same area for which ISRO in January released a satellite image that was later withdrawn, Chauhan said.

A town of over 20,000 people in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, Joshimath -- the gateway to Himalayan pilgrimage sites -- stands at a height of over 6,150 feet.

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