An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale hit the western state of Gujarat in India on the 26th January 2001.
Tremors were felt as far as the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal in the North, Madras in the South and Pakistan in the West. This disaster had taken the lives of over 20,000 people with estimates of thousands more trapped beneath the rubble as well as unimaginable destruction of high-rise buildings and other major losses of movable and immovable property.
This was a devastating time to even relate to the amount of misery experienced by the thousands that were affected and the millions whose homes were shattered, making them homeless survivors. The Foundation’s contribution was towards alleviating the misery of those that were affected by the earthquake and providing aid to the affected areas.
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