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August 27, 2000 | From Reuters
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.
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February 6, 2001 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
India's earthquake had the potential to knock the country's economy back into the Stone Age, striking in a region that refines 55% of India's petroleum products and makes 45% of its pharmaceuticals. The state of Gujarat, about the size of Nebraska, and its proverbially entrepreneurial 41 million people also manufacture a large share of India's textiles and cut and polished diamonds, which account for about a third of the nation's total exports.
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November 11, 1999 | From Associated Press
The death count from India's supercyclone topped 7,600 Wednesday as villagers began burning rotting corpses and animal carcasses in exchange for food and money. The federal Special Relief Commissioner's Office said 7,616 deaths had been counted, and the Red Cross predicted that the toll will climb past 10,000. Thousands of bodies remained unattended.
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February 4, 2001 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frightened by a soothsayer's forecast, Indians by the hundreds of thousands slept out under the stars Saturday, worried that yet another earthquake would catch them and kill them in their homes. The quake that struck Jan. 26, which was among the most lethal in India's history, claimed at least 16,403 lives in the west of the country, left an estimated 600,000 homeless and caused more than $4.5 billion in property loss.
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November 4, 1999 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As villagers along India's eastern shore began recovering Wednesday from a powerful storm that pummeled the coast, one of the first necessary rituals was the burning of the dead. Throughout the stretch of battered hamlets and flooded fields, the survivors of the storm bade farewell to friends and family. In this predominantly Hindu region, that meant lighting funeral pyres--even when circumstance made the ceremony crude. "Hundreds of people have been burned on this spot," said L.
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February 3, 2001 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
July 20, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
First Bhopal Gas Tragedy Trial Opens: A court in Bhopal, India, opened a manslaughter trial against nine officials of Union Carbide India Ltd., marking the start of the first criminal case in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy. At least 4,000 people were killed when methyl isocyanate gas leaked on Dec. 2-3 of that year from a pesticide factory run by Union Carbide India Ltd., a subsidiary of Union Carbide Corp.
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June 30, 1990 | Reuters
More than 2,000 victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, the world's worst industrial accident, demonstrated Friday outside Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh's home in New Delhi to protest slow distribution of relief. More than 2,500 people were killed and about 500,000 were injured Dec. 3, 1984, in Bhopal in central India when poisonous gas leaked out of a pesticide plant owned by an Indian subsidiary of the Union Carbide Corp. of the United States.
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February 3, 2001 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 2, 2001 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 29, 2001 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 28, 2001 | PAUL WATSON and SIDDARTHA BARUA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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October 1, 2000 | From Reuters
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.
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August 27, 2000 | From Reuters
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.
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May 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Medical teams and troops began a massive relief operation as the toll from the decade's worst cyclone rose to 210 dead and left thousands without food, water or power along India's southern coast. The storm's heavy rains and winds battered the Bay of Bengal coast for two days, swamping hundreds of villages, flattening thousands of homes and affecting more than 2 million people. At least 200 people died in Andhra Pradesh state, officials said, and 10 others died in neighboring Tamil Nadu state.
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August 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Waterborne diseases and flooding caused by seasonal monsoon rains have killed more than 70 people and sickened hundreds in India over the past week, authorities and news reports said. A bus with more than 60 passengers was swept away by the swollen Banas River in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. Only seven people managed to swim to safety, the news agency Press Trust of India quoted police as saying.
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August 7, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Swirling flood waters of the Brahmaputra River have submerged the homes of more than 2 million people, drowning at least 40 of them in India's remote northeast, officials said. Thirty-five other people have died of encephalitis, dysentery and malaria in Assam state in the past two days, they said. Military helicopters have dropped food, medicine and tents to hundreds of people stranded on rooftops since Thursday.
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