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28 houses on the verge of collapse in Karnaprayag

Karnaprayag, Feb 20 (IANS) After Joshimath, cracks have developed in several houses in Karnaprayag in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, which are increasing rapidly now. As many as 28 houses in the area are on the verge of collapse.

Chamoli District Magistrate Himanshu Khurana, Karnaprayag SDM Himanshu Kafaltia, MLA Anil Nautiyal and disaster management officer N.K. Joshi inspected the affected areas in Bahuguna nagar, Subhash Nagar and Upper Bazar on Sunday.

The DM was stunned after witnessing the wide cracks on the walls of houses in Bahuguna Nagar.

The residents requested the officials to make proper arrangements to guarantee their safety.

Khurana instructed the officials to shift the affected people to safer places and install crackometres in the affected structures to monitor the cracks.

Land subsidence started in this area of the town last year during the rainy season. The residents had demanded the administration to take security measures in the disaster-prone areas, which was ignored.

Khurana said that the buildings which have developed extensive cracks will be evacuated and the people living there will be shifted to safer places.

The residents who choose to live in rented accommodations will be provided the rent amount for six months, said the official.

Khurana also directed the SDM to get a detailed survey of the structures done.