India: Earthquake - Mar 1999
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Following visits to the affected areas, senior staff of Churches Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA), report that, although the quake measured 6.8 on the Richter scale, the loss of life and destruction has not been so intensive due to low density of population in the hills. However, houses and building have indeed suffered the greatest damage. Due to frequent tremors still felt in the area, people are afraid to move back into their homes and still remain under makeshift shelters. The most remote villages have been the hardest hit, and CASA is assisting the people in these areas.
India - Earthquake
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
9 April 1999
1. The United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office in New Delhi has reported that the earthquake which hit the Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts in the State of Uttar Pradesh on 28 March was followed by tremor shocks continuing up until 1 April. The damage caused by the earthquake is as follows:
Chamoli district: 61 killed, 125 injured,
30 villages affected
Rudraprayag district: 34 killed, 177 injured, 200 villages affected
Bageshwar district: 19 injured
Appeal Target: US$ 46,000
An Indian government agency team which has surveyed the scene of this week's deadly earthquake in the north of the country, says help isn't being provided fast enough to those left homeless.
More than a-hundred people died when the lower Himilaya's region was struck by a quake measuring six-point-eight on the richter scale.
Another 350 were injured, and two-and-a-half-thousand houses were destroyed.
Army helicopters have air-dropped food to some remote villages.
From WEEKLY NEWS 13/99
India - No 1/99
Geneva, 30 March 1999
By Sunil Kataria
CHAMOLI, March 30(Reuters) - Women and children stood in long queues with buckets on Tuesday waiting for water tankers to arrive in Chamoli, the epicentre of the earthquake that struck India's Himalayan foothills.
Shops opened and local buses honked in the streets as life returned to the disaster area.
Technicians were getting the power back on and members of India's Border Roads organisation repaired bridges.
The earthquake which struck just before dawn on Monday flattened dozens of tin-roof houses in Chamoli and left 61 residents dead.
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 99/0052
India - Earthquake
OCHA Situation Report No. 1