2002 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd prize

Tom Stoddart

Independent Photographers Group

17 February, 2001

In Bhachau, one of the towns worst hit by the January 26th earthquake, a child plays with birds. One million people were left homeless when the earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck Gujarat. It lasted just 30 seconds, but killed 30,000 people. In the following weeks, survivors, aided by rescue workers, recovered bodies under the rubble of their homes. The earthquake came during the winter, leaving the homeless cold at night, and at risk of disease. Densely populated towns near the earthquake's epicenter were heavily damaged.

About the photographer

Tom Stoddart

In 1978 he moved to London and began working freelance for publications such as the Sunday Times and Time Magazine. During a long and varied career he has witnessed such interna...

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