Thursday, November 8, 2007

Quakes rock Junagadh, one killed, over 200 houses damaged

Sibte Hussaqin Bukhari
Posted online: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 at 12:00:00
Updated: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 at 01:53:25Print Email To Editor

Junagadh, November 6 Two tremors of 4.5 and 4.9 on the Richter scale rocked Junagadh district at 5.57 am, and then again at 3.08 pm on Tuesday, leading to the loss of one life and damage to about 200 houses. Panic spread in the district even as power supply was disrupted and telecommunication lines were jammed for several hours. According to Indian Meteorological department the epicentre of both these tremors was in the Sasan Gir forest.
A woman in Hiranwel village of Talala taluka died after she was buried under the debris of her house. With over 200 houses being damaged in the three villages of Hiranwel, Chitrawad and Haripur in Talala taluka ,over a dozen people are reported to have received minor injures.

Medical Officer at Talala Community Health Centre Jagatsinh Anadkat has confirmed the death of one woman in the quake. "An old woman was fatally wounded after she was buried under the debris of her house. We have also administered first aid to about dozen injured people," he said.

Junagadh District Collector Aswini Kumar said the epicenter of the second tremor was at Khakharvel village, some 5 km from Sasan Gir. He has dispatched six teams to the villages for a damage survey.

Deputy Sarpanch of Chitrawad village, Ismailbhai Makrani said, "Though two families of the Siddhi tribe were buried under the debris, most members had a narrow escape. A father-son duo has, however, been seriously injured. Dozens of houses in the village have been badly damaged while half-a-dozen houses have been razed to the ground. Villagers now refuse to stay inside their houses."

Apart from Talala taluka, tremors were also reported from the other talukas of Junagadh district.

Districts other than Junagadh that experienced tremors were Porbandar, Amreli and Rajkot .While there were reports of damage to some houses in Porbandar and Amreli districts, no casualty has been reported as of yet. People in Rajkot rushed out of their houses as tremors shook the city. "We were on the first floor when we experienced some movements. Though it was only for a few seconds, but it appeared to be very strong," said Jaykumar Pandya, a resident of Alka Society on15-feet Ring Road in Rajkot.


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