Uttarakhand sinking: ISRO pulls down subsidence report, Govt tells expert bodies not to speak to media

A view of a damaged building in Joshimath Uttarakhand. [Photo: Twitter/ArunBothra.]

Joshimath: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has instructed a dozen government institutes and scientific organisations not to interact with the media or share data on social media regarding ground subsidence at Joshimath in Uttarakhand.

Last week, satellite images released by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) showed that Uttaranchal’s subsidence-hit Joshimath sank 5.4 centimetres in 12 days.

As per the images released by ISRO, Joshimath sank 5.4 cm between December 27, 2022 and January 8, 2023, triggered by a possible subsidence event on January 2. It noted that the crown of the subsidence was located near Joshimath-Auli road at a height of 2,180 metres.

The preliminary study by ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) said the land subsidence was slow between April and November 2022, when Joshimath sank 8.9 cm.

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