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SEEKING SHELTER

Money raised by British based Gujarati civil engineers to help victims of India's January earthquake has gone into a £1M pot that is already rebuilding homes in the devastated reigon of Kutch. The money raised after the quake, which claimed an estimated 40,000 lives, is being matched by £1M from the Indian government and was sent to the Shree Kutchi Leva Patel community in Bhuj. It is being used to construct temporary homes costing £700 each that will last for three to five years in Bhuj and nearby Sukphur.

The shelters are prefabricated steel frames with concrete particle board walls and concrete slab ceilings. Most of the people made homeless by the earthquake are reported to be staying in tents. The race is on to build thousands of temporary shelters before India's monsoon rains begin in July.

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