A massive earthquake struck the town of Bruj in India on 26 January 2001. The earthquake was felt by the north-western parts of India and measured 6.9 on the Richter scale with a moment magnitude of 7.7. The tragedy caused the death of more than 20 000 people, injured approximately 150 000 others, left thousands homeless and damaged more than a million buildings.
Gift of the Givers Response:
The desolation following the Gujaret earthquake prompted us to sponsor 15 rescue personnel and two sniffer dogs to assist in a massive search and rescue operation.
In addition, we provided and distributed large quantities of food, freshwater, water purification tablets and medicine in an effort to assist those displaced by the ravages of the quake.
Following the acute phase of this natural disaster, our second-phase teams worked with an organisation known as BAPS to build a total of 20 houses.