At 8.46 in the morning of the 26th January 2001 an earthquake hit the province Gujarat leaving 400.000 homes in India and neighbouring Pakistan destroyed killing between 13.000 and 20.000 people. The epicentre was just 20 km’s away from the town Bhuj, which was completely destroyed. Houses were laid open with family photos hanging on the walls. Local residents would go around looking for their possessions in the ruins of their houses. Volunteers and professionals from India and the world came looking for survivors in the rubble. Tents were raised and people standing in long lines for food distributed by the red cross / red crescent and other organisations. After a few days mostly dead people were found under the rubble and cremated immediately after with a short ceremony in the smell of burning sandal wood.
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