Exclusive photos show the extent of the damage on the Joshimath “ship”.

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The cracks on the badminton court are so wide that a person’s hand can fit through them.

Joshimath, Uttarakhand:

The ‘sinking city’ of Joshimath in Uttarakhand is on the brink of disaster, with hundreds of buildings blown up. The extent of the damage can be seen at Jaypee Power Station, which is currently considered the city’s most dangerous building.

Due to the extent of the destruction in the Jaypee residential complex, people have been banned from entering the campus.

In a badminton court, the cracks in the walls are so wide that a person’s hand can slip through them, the NDTV team found. The floors of the complex are sagged and the windows are crooked.

The doors are barely hanging on the hinges and parts of the roof are collapsing.

Some rooms are barely standing. A slight push can cause the wall to collapse. The floor collapsed in the toilet.

The entire complex has been declared a “red zone”, which means the most dangerous, and local residents and experts believe that the housing may collapse at any moment.

Residents say that in recent days, underground water has been gushing out at a high speed, and it is this water that has weakened the wall and floor. Cracks in buildings drain this brown muddy water.

Beyond the temple, which is the gateway to popular pilgrimage sites like Badrinath, years of unplanned infrastructure construction, including hydroelectric projects, have left large cracks in buildings and roads.

Many people were displaced and about 600 houses and hotels were submerged in the town of about 20,000 people.

Thousands of residents were evacuated to safe places. The state government will demolish the most affected buildings in the coming days.

The city is also home to a major Indian army base and a strategic road to the disputed border with China, which is also believed to have developed wide fissures.

The region is prone to earthquakes and has seen disasters in recent years linked to melting glaciers and relentless construction and drilling in the mountains. At least 200 people died in floods in and around Joshimath in 2021, partly blamed on overdevelopment.

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