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Remembering 26/01/01: When nature wrecked havoc on Gujarat

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  • Jan 26, 2013, 08:32 AM IST
Remembering 26/01/01: When nature wrecked havoc on Gujarat
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Ahmedabad: The date 26th January is not only known as a day when the country became republic in 1950. Behind the glory, there is a story of gore. 51 years after the glorious day, nature unleashed its fury on the people of Gujarat, etching a memory that vanishes smile from their faces. As the nation celebrates its 63rd Republic Day, Gujarat mourns the 13th anniversary of the 'Bhuj Earthquake'. 

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    Remembering 26/01/01: When nature wrecked havoc on Gujarat

    The 2001 Gujarat earthquake occurred on January 26, 2001, India's 51st Republic Day, at 08:46 AM local time and lasted for over two minutes. The epicentre was about 9 km south-southwest of the village of Chobari in Bhachau Taluka of Kutch District of Gujarat, India.

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    The earthquake reached a magnitude of between 7.6 and 7.7 on the moment magnitude scale and had a maximum felt intensity of X (Intense) on the Mercalli intensity scale. 

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    The quake killed around 20,000 people (including 18 in South eastern Pakistan), injured another 167,000 and destroyed nearly 400,000 homes. The shock waves spread 700 km. 21 districts were affected and 600,000 people left homeless.

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    The final death toll in Kutch was 12,290. Bhuj, situated only 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the epicenter, was devastated. Considerable damage also occurred in Bhachau and Anjar with hundreds of villages flattened in Taluka of Anjar, Bhuj & Bhachau.

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     Over a million structures were damaged or destroyed, including many historic buildings and tourist attractions. The quake destroyed around 40% of homes, eight schools, two hospitals and 4 km of road in Bhuj and partly destroyed the city's historic Swaminarayan temple and historic fort as well Prag Mahal and Aina Mahal.

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    The Indian military provided emergency support which was later augmented by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society. A temporary Red Cross hospital remained in Bhuj to provide care while a replacement hospital was built. 

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    In Ahmedabad, Gujarat's commercial capital with a population of 5.6 million, as many as 50 multi-storied buildings collapsed and several hundred people were killed.
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    In Ahmedabad, Gujarat's commercial capital with a population of 5.6 million, as many as 50 multi-storied buildings collapsed and several hundred people were killed.Total property damage was estimated at $5.5 billion and rising. 

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    In Kutch, the quake destroyed about 60% of food and water supplies and around 258,000 houses - 90% of the district's housing stock. The biggest set back was the total demolition of the Bhuj Civil hospital.

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