1994 Photo Contest, Spot News, 1st prize

Swapan Parekh

Black Star

30 September, 1993

This woman, who has lost her three children, shares her grief with other survivors of the worst earthquake to hit the subcontinent in decades. Hers was one of many families who perished, buried as they lay sleeping in their mud brick houses. Although the earthquake registered 'only' 6.4 on the Richter scale, it flattened a large, densely populated area, claiming some 15,000 lives and leaving 65,000 homeless. Having initially declined offers of help from abroad, India later accepted foreign relief supplies for the first time since its independence in 1947.

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Swapan Parekh

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