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Emergency Response

2001 Kutch Earthquake

On January 26, 2001, a 6.9-earthquake in Gujarat killed over 20,000 people, injured 150,000 more, and destroyed over 300 hospitals and 200,000 houses across the region.

AmeriCares responded immediately with relief supplies, including 1,000 tents, blankets, plastic sheeting, facemasks, casting and other orthopedic materials, disinfectants, water purification tablets and generators, as well as medical supplies and nutritional supplements. Through a direct partnership with Disaster Relief Cell, created by the state government in Gujarat after the earthquake, AmeriCares organized the distribution of these supplies to hundreds of thousands displaced by the earthquake. AmeriCares also provided orthopedic equipment to clinics throughout the quake-affected area.