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Monday, 5 February, 2001, 16:25 GMT
E-mail: Picking up the pieces
Man prepares a bulldozer
Many buildings are having to be bulldozed
Vivek Iyer, a doctor based in the Indian city of Ahmedabad, is one of many caught up in the Gujarat earthquake disaster. This is the third of his descriptions of the tragedy which has been forwarded to BBC News Online by his brother Vikram in the United States:

Dear Viki,

Things are getting OK here.

The flow of patients from Bhuj and other places is on but at a slightly reduced rate.

Most of them are cases of fractured arms and legs. There are also many people with injuries to their spines due to the buildings falling on them.

This group of patients are the most saddening because they can't move their legs at all because of the paralysis from the injured area downwards.

Right now the whole hospital is rallying around the orthopaedic department, which really has its hands full. Their teams work and operate all night as the patients keep coming.

It's common to get fractures and get admitted to a hospital and go home when you're okay. But the saddening irony about these patients is where do they go after the medical management is over?

Otherwise things are slowly returning to normal. Anvi's [Vivek's fiancee] house has been reinforced with girders and the final safety certification is awaited.

Srinath and Sarita's relatives are safe but Shrinath's house in Adipur is completely destroyed and they are living in a tent. A few of my seniors' houses in Bhuj have also been completely destroyed but they are reportedly safe.

They are now carrying out controlled detonations of the unsafe houses in Ahmedabad and demolishing them.

Minor shocks are still being experienced here but the shock value is over for most of us.

Take care.

Bye and love,
Vivek

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31 Jan 01 | South Asia
E-mail: Survivors' fears
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E-mail: The day the earth shook
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