The unprecedented earthquake of 26th January 2001 left Bhuj absolutely shattered,
the worst ever disaster, in last 50 years. Almost the entire state reeled under
its catastrophic impact. About 13,800 people died and 1,67,000 suffered injury.
Nearly 1.2 million houses were damaged. All the civic facilities like - schools,
hospitals, health centers and public buildings - suffered massive destruction. The
utility infrastructures, which included water supply, electricity and telecommunications,
were also completely disrupted.
The massive damage put the government to pose an enormous challenge to evolve and
execute a comprehensive rehabilitation and reconstruction programme.
The four towns of Kachchh-Bhuj, Bhachau, Anjar and Rapar- needed much attention
as they suffered very large-scale devastation. In Bhuj city itself, 2370 people
died, 3187 suffered massive injuries, 11036 houses were fully collapsed and 27617
houses were partially collapsed