India plans massive hospital rebuilding after earthquake

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 24 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:451
  1. Rohit Sharma
  1. Gujarat

    Remains of hospitals in the earthquake ravaged areas of Gujarat in western India are being bulldozed in readiness for a huge rebuilding programme. Overall in Gujarat state, some 900 villages suffered serious damage in the earthquake of 26 January. The worst affected area is the Kutch district, in which maximum destruction is visible in Bhuj, Bhachau, Anjar, and Rapar.

    Bhachau has been completely flattened. Operating theatre lights can be seen dangling out of the mass of rubble that remains of its 50-bed hospital. These and a destroyed ambulance are the only …

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