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International Recovery Platform

Gujarat Earthquake, 2001

Country India, Pakistan
India: Kachch-Bhuj, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Surendranagar, Surat, Patan, Banaskantha, Nasvari, Porbandar, Bharuch, Junagadh, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Vadodara, Anand, Mehsana, Sabarkantha, Kheda, Amreli, Dahdod & Panchmabals, Valsad districts (Gujarat state)
Pakistan: Badin, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad (Sindh province)

Brief Overview of the Disaster
The earthquake which struck India's western State of Gujarat at 08:46 local time on 26 January 2001 - India's Republic Day holiday - measured 6.9 on the Richter scale and lasted about 110 seconds. It was the most powerful earthquake to strike India in half a century. The effect was devastating, widespread and the impact of the quake was felt in distant locations across northern India, in Pakistan, Bangladesh and western Nepal.

Displaced 1790000
Dead 20005
Missing Not specified
Injured 166812
Housing Destroyed/Damaged About 400,000 houses destroyed and one million houses damaged. The social infrastructure of schools and the health infra structure both in urban and rural areas was severely disrupted. 1,200 schools, hundreds of rural and urban clinics and health centres, as well as three hospitals, were totally destroyed.
Total Damage and Losses (in USD) 2623 million
Note Total affected 6,321,821
Main Source
GLIDE No. EQ-2001-000033-INDEQ-2001-000039-PAK