February 3, 2001 |
Shocked and humbled by one of the most frightful tragedies in its history, India has set aside its long-standing doctrine of proud self-reliance and is accepting--even seeking--foreign help. "Twenty-two countries have sent assistance, and every day, more and more are arriving," K.N. Shelat, the Gujarat state official in charge of coordinating international aid to quake victims, said Friday.
February 2, 2001 |
When India's great quake shook this city last week, the four-story Shantanu Residency collapsed like a sandcastle buffeted by a wave. Next door, a building like it rode out the seismic shocks unscathed. Although Ahmadabad is more than 200 miles from the epicenter of the Jan. 26 earthquake, 191 buildings here, some as high as 10 stories, tumbled to the ground, said Rajindra Trivedi, a local government spokesman.
January 29, 2001 |
Kneeling in the dirt by a busy roadside, in a cloud of dust and oily diesel exhaust, Dr. Rakesh Shah was long past worrying about hygiene as he treated a woman whose pelvis was crushed in India's devastating earthquake. He was just trying to see straight enough in the dark to insert a catheter in the right place. Three men held flashlights over his shoulder, but the beams were so dim that he did better waiting for the headlights of another truck in the traffic passing just a few yards away.
January 28, 2001 |
Frantic rescue teams dug through rubble with shovels and bare hands today as estimates of the death toll from India's massive earthquake Friday soared to at least 16,000, including several hundred schoolchildren feared killed as they marched in a parade.
October 1, 2000 |
More than 100 bodies were found in flood-stricken areas of India's West Bengal state Saturday, taking the death toll to 758 in 10 days of monsoon flooding, officials said. An additional 200 people were missing as the worst flooding in 22 years continued, a government spokesman said. Flood waters have been receding in the worst-affected areas for three days, but they have rolled down to the Bangladeshi border, where rivers rose further Saturday.
August 27, 2000 |
Under-prepared authorities battled to restore normalcy in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday as flooding from the heaviest rain in nearly 50 years left at least 131 people dead. Ominous, dark clouds hung over the state's capital city of Hyderabad as flood waters receded slowly and residents assessed one of the worst urban disasters in India's recent history.