Joshimath in Uttarakhand has been declared a disaster-prone area and construction activities have been banned in the town and nearby areas. This was stated by the District Magistrate of Chamoli Himanshu Khurana today. He said, two central teams, including one from the Union Jal Shakti Ministry, will arrive in Joshimath shortly.
According to the Chamoli District Disaster Management Authority, 603 buildings in Joshimath town have developed cracks so far. A total of 68 families have been ‘temporarily’ displaced, officials said.