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Water relief

Low lying groundwater, seen as a major natural blight in drought hit Kutch, saved it from an epidemic of disease after last month's earthquake struck.

Wells as deep as 120m were relatively undamaged after the quake ravaged the shallower ground. Fractures in the earth caused the ground water level to go up in some areas and down in others.

A network of water pipes distributed water from the wells around Bhuj city to neighbouring towns and villages where it was stored in tanks.

The pipe network was badly damaged in the quake and some storage tanks smashed. Local wells have been bored where possible and a fleet of water tankers has kept a steady supply going to nearby villages.

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