Joshimath: The horrors of life in India’s sinking Himalayan town

Hundreds of buildings have developed cracks and families have been evacuated. Can Joshimath be saved? …

In December 2009, boring equipment for the project punctured an aquifer in Joshimath, leading to a daily discharge of about 70 million litres of groundwater daily (until it was fixed), enough to sustain up to three million people, the geologists noted. (In 2021, one of two tunnels connected to the hydro power project was blocked after a huge flood in Uttarakhand, in which more than 200 people were killed and missing.)

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