Gujarat: Disaster on a day of celebration for 51st Republic Day on January 26, 2001 Background of the earthquake:
- Gujarat is an advanced state on the west coast of India.
- On 26 January 2001, an earthquake struck the Kutch district of Gujarat at 8.46 am.
- Epicentre 20 km North East of Bhuj, the headquarter of Kutch.
- The Indian Meteorological Department estimated the intensity of the earthquake at 6.9 Richter. According to the US Geological Survey, the intensity of the quake was 7.7 Richter.
- The quake was the worst in India in the last 180 years.
Summary of the earthquake:
- The earthquake devastated Kutch. Practically all buildings and structures of Kutch were brought down.
- Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Surendaranagar and Patan were heavily damaged.
- Nearly 19,000 people died. Kutch alone reported more than 17,000 deaths.
- 1.66 lakh people were injured. Most were handicapped for the rest of their lives.
- The dead included 7,065 children (0-14 years) and 9,110 women.
- There were 348 orphans and 826 widows.
Dr. Shyam & team headed by neurosurgeon, examined and provided primary care to more than 1500 patients at site. The team of 6 doctors and many volunteers joined the force and reached the affected area within 20 hours and got busy in triaging, treating and operating on patients with broken limbs, pregnancies, fractures in several parts of the body, head injuries and many more complications were taken care by the whole team.
The GCCRI provides its helping hand for medical support in case of any natural calamities. We the GCCRI Soldiers are always ready to support needy people.