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Sinking land, cracking homes force many to flee India’s Joshimath

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Indian authorities have evacuated hundreds of people from their homes in the Himalayan town of Joshimath in northern Uttarakhand state after buildings in the area popular with pilgrims and tourists developed cracks due to shifting soil.
About 1,890 metres (6,200 feet) above sea level, Joshimath is a gateway to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib, key Hindu and Sikh pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas, attracting tens of thousands of devotees every year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has discussed the issue with his cabinet.
But many families say they have received no help so far.

Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba reports.

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