GUJRAT EARTHQUAKE

By pawan chowdary on 11:00 PM










In the history of natural calamities, the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake was the most devastating in India. The 2001 Gujarat Earthquake took place at a distance of 20 kilometers from Bhuj, Gujarat, and was scaled as 6.9 on the Richter scale.
The 2001 Gujarat Earthquake took place on the 26th January when the Republic Day celebration was going on. It was reported that around 19,727 people were killed and more than 166,000 thousand people were injured. Beside these, the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake rendered 600,00 people homeless, with 348,000 houses destroyed and nearly 844,000 houses damaged.
Talking about other resources, about 20,000 cattle were killed. It was estimated that the government had to bear a loss of about 1.3 billion dollars; other losses indicate losses as high as 5 billion dollars.
The 2001 Gujarat Earthquake, as the reports say, was an intra-plate earthquake which took place due to the collision of the tectonics plates. The worst effected areas of the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake were:
Kutch:
Bhuj
Anjar
Bhachau
Rapar
Gandhidam
Ahmedabad:
Ahmedabad city
Rajkot:
Morvi
Jamnagar:
Jodiya
Dhrol
The news of the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake spread like bonfire. The some immediate steps were taken by the Gujarat Government, like:
the Cabinet Secretary activated Crisis Management Group to move men, relief materials and other necessary stuffs to the most affected areas.
The adjoining states of Rajasthan and Maharashtra were asked to contribute towards the cause of 2001 Gujarat Earthquake.
Hindusthan Zinc Limited, Udaipur, IFFCO and KRIBHCO were also asked to provide to the victims.
National Disaster Management was activated.
Cabinet Secretary was asked to respond to the emergency.
Home Minister organized for the medical help.
Prime Minister released Rupees 500 crores for the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake.
Indian Air force helped in reaching the food, clothing and medicines to the worst effected areas.
Although the calamity was a tremendous blow, yet the people of Gujarat showed enormous courage in pulling their state up and making a new beginning.

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