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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 01-01-05 15:42:53


Indian authority says, it never happen in india n we never had warning system in indian ocean.

Read this artical of TOI
RAJKOT/BHUJ: "There was a tremendous roar and a wall of water rose over 10 metres. It lashed the shore as water swirled upto the temple and submerged it."

This is not a victim of Black Sunday recalling the tragedy that struck India's southern coast. For 59 years, 70-year-old Purushottam Giri, mahant of the Pingleswar Mahadev Temple situated about 120 km from Bhuj, has borne the terrible memory of a similar devastation that hit the Kutch coast on November 27, 1945.

Experts say, it was a tsunami too, India's first in recorded history. "I remember helping my father when the deafening roar was heard. Kandla wasn't a developed area then and the wave was most visible near Pingleswar. The water had the temple submerged and we managed to cling onto the walls and save ourselves," recalls the mahant.

"We had not heard of Tsunami then.We called it the cyclone that left the Charhazari village, now known as Gandhidham, devastated. Kandla was just a small port used by the British," says 71-year-old Amrutlal Pandya of Gandhidham.

According to Arun Bapat, former chief research officer of the earthquake engineering wing of the IMD at Pune, an earthquake recorded about 100 km south of Karachi, had triggered a tsunami that hit Kandla.

"It all began with a tremor. Though it did not bring any destruction, it led to very high waves in the sea. We heard people crying and fleeing as news of huts getting submerged spread," says Pandya.

"We ran up to the terrace of our house and found many huts closer to the sea flattened and trees uprooted. Many people died and there was no one to attend to the those who were hurt. Those who survived managed to carry out the funerals," adds Pandya.

"We lived in Navagadia village, about 20 km from Kandla. We heard about the incident and rushed to Kandla, only to find huts flattened, uprooted trees and people fleeing. Many people had climbed up the trees and held on to save their lives," says Tokarsinh, now a resident of Gandhidham.

"The destruction was seen most in Kandla and Charhazari villages which had a big population," says Tokarsinh. "When we reached these villages, people were still struck by the force of nature's fury and described how high the wave was and how quickly it inundated the land, carrying away many into the deep sea. The water reached our village too but it did not cause any destruction," he adds "

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