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ICR emergency appeal for the earthquake in India

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Following the largest earthquake in India since 1956, ICR has launched a National Emergency Appeal.
The earthquake on 26 January measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale, devastating the western state of Gujarat. Estimates fear that the death toll could be as high as 30,000.

Injuries have amounted to at least 50,000 and 500,000 people are without shelter, either because they are now homeless or because they fear that continuing aftershocks might cause more buildings to collapse. Aftershocks are also hampering emergency relief work.

One relief worker likened the extent of the damage in the town of Bhuj - just 13 miles away from the epicentre to that of a nuclear bomb explosion. Towns have been flattened and rescue workers fear for the lives of people also in remote towns, who they have yet to make contact with.

Italian sister charity, CESVI, is compiling a report this week to assess the best way to respond to the disaster. Meanwhile, ICR is raising as much money as possible so that we can help as many people as we can.