Sunday, October 23, 2011
At Thursday, Ladudi village in Maliya Hatina taluka of Junagadh was the worst affected by Night Earthquake, which measured 5.3 on the Richter scale.
Around 45 to 50 houses were damaged as their walls collapsed. Some 15 villagers were injured, but no death has been reported.
Talala Town Junagadh District has six injured had to be hospitalized.
They are - Babu Bambhaniya (22), Lakha Bharda (30), Gandabhai Jorda (45), Manjuben Jora (42), Maniben Jora (35) and Januben Makwana (60).
The tremors were felt across other Saurashtra Region like Jamnagar, Surendranagar, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Amreli and Porbandar.
As per Ladudi villagers interviews, they said that, they ran helter-skelter in panic after the earthquake.
They spent the whole night outside their homes.Fortunately, no one died.
The government should declare compensation for those whose houses were destroyed as most of them are poor and daily wager labourers.
We live close to the Gir sanctuary and the danger of lions is ever present.
Most villagers were asleep when the quake struck at 10.48 pm.
It took them three or four seconds to realize what was happening.
About 25 people have been injured in various incidences in Junagadh district.
The moment the earth started trembling, people panicked and jumped from the building and came running from their houses.
According to disaster management officials, a 15-year-old girl Shivani Mahendrabhai, a resident of Khambha village in Visavadar taluka of Junagadh, jumped from her home.
She panicked and jumped from the house after the earthquake.She fractured her back and legs.
Two people were also injured as a wall collapsed near Chitravad village in Talala.
In yet another wall collapse, two people were injured in Khorasa village in Maliya-Hatina taluka.
According to officials, Nanduben Sevra (45) and her son Dhaval (12) were sleeping in their home when the quake struck and a wall of their house collapsed, injuring both of them.
People across Junagadh district had a sleepless night. In many villages, power cuts compounded their problems. According to sources in Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Ltd (PGVCL), power failure was reported in Talala, Veraval, Hakolvadi, Jasadha, Moraj among other villages.
However, power was restored by early morning.
Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi, visited the quake hit areas of Malia-Hati and Talala talukas in Junagadh district most hit by Thursday's earthquake.
He met the injured persons in the hospital, wished them a speedy recovery and ordered a survey of the extent of the damage.
Modi also visited Lahudi, Jalandhar and other villages in the afternoon.
He further directed the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) staff to reach the areas with maximum damage and provide all possible rescue and relief assistance.
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