Reconstruction and Rehabilitation After the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake
In January 2001, the state of Gujarat in India experienced the worst earthquake to hit the state in the last 50 years. Destruction was massive and widespread. Knowing that post-disaster assistance must come swiftly, focus on restoring facilities and services, and should be matched by equally quick action by the affected government, ADB formulated and approved the Gujarat Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Project in less than two months. The project harnessed the energies of 19 Gujarat agencies. Establishing a consultative system for defining priorities, and focusing on the results it yields, will ensure that the most urgent and requisite actions take place as needed.