Earthquake of 29 March 1999 in the Hilly Areas of Uttar Pradesh

SITUATION REPORT

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE

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CONTENTS

Earthquake of 29th March, 1999 *

After-shocks *

The State Government has taken the following relief measures *

Action taken by Govt. of India *

Indo-Tibeton Border Police *

Border Road Organization (BRO) *

Ministry of Defence *

Ministry of Urban Affairs and Employment *

Ministry of Health *

Indian Red Cross Society *

Ministry of Rural Areas and Employment *

Representatives of HESCO *

High Level Team *

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Earthquake of 29th March, 1999

An earthquake of magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter scale occurred at 0035 hours on 29th March 1999 in the hilly areas of Uttar Pradesh, affecting 6 districts viz. Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Tehri Garhwal, Bageshwar, Dehradhun and Pauri Garhwal in varying degrees. The impact of this earthquake was comparatively more in the districts of Chamoli and Rudraprayag.

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After-shocks

According to the India Meteorological Department two tremors occurred in the morning of 7th March 1999 - First at 0107 hours of 5.0 magnitude and second at 0217 hours of 4.5 magnitude on the Richter scale in U.P. hills. Again in the evening, two more tremors with their epicenter in Chamoli district occurred - one at 2119 hrs with a magnitude of 5.00 on the Richter scale and another at 2154 hrs with a magnitude of 4.6 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was reported to be in district Chamoli close to earlier earthquake. Earlier another aftershock of 5.00 magnitude on the Richter scale was recorded at 0232 hrs on 31st March 1999. According to the State Government, no fresh casualties or injured has been reported.

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According to the available information from the State Government of Uttar Pradesh (position at 1400 hours on 12.4. 1999) - details of the extent of damage caused due to earthquake of 29th March 1999 in hilly areas and relief measures undertaken are as under-

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District

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Dead

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Injured

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Houses

damaged

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Villages

affected

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People

affected

(lakh*)

1. Chamoli

63

125

29170

1258

3.26

2. Rudraparyag

35

177

20025

611

1.15

3. Bageshwar

1

14

369

318

0.05

4. Tehri Garhwal

6

66

6812

408

0.41

5. Pauri Garhwal

-

13

9472

579

0.05

6. Dehradhun

-

-

198

-

-

Total

105

395

66046

3174

4.92

*Lakhc..100,000

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The State Government has taken the following relief measures

As part of reinforcement of the administration in the affected districts, three officers of the rank of ADM/SDM have been posted in Rudraprayag on 31.3.1999. One Additional Commissioner had been posted earlier in this district. In Chamoli district, three ADMs and three SDMs/Tensildars have been posted.

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Distribution of shelter material

District

Tent

Tarpaulins

Plastic sheets

Darries

Blankets

Chamoli

3035

10571

2991

1951

3322

Rudraprayag

2145

3385

8110

830

215

Tehri

Garhwal

180

1100

1180*

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400

Total

5360

15056

12281

2781

3937

*Tin sheets

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District

Amount(Rs. in lakhs)

Chamoli

365.00

Rudraprayag

171.35

Tehri Garhwal

13.92

Bageshwar

7.73

Pauri Garhwal

4.80

Dehradhun

1.46

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Action taken by Govt. of India

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Indo-Tibeton Border Police

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Border Road Organization (BRO)

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Ministry of Defence

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Ministry of Urban Affairs and Employment

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Ministry of Health

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Indian Red Cross Society

- Indian Red Cross Society had dispatched the following relief material on 30th March 1999.

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(i) Tarpaulins (14 x 12) - 500 pcs.

(ii) Blankets - 500 pcs.

(iii) Kitchen utensils - 250 sets

(iv) Cooking oil - 250 litre

(v) Rice (One truck load) - 10 Mts

(vi) Assorted clothings - 1000 pcs.

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Ministry of Rural Areas and Employment

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Representatives of HESCO

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High Level Team

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