YEREVAN (Armenpress)–As the search for survivors entered its fifth day–the press reported that death toll numbers could be as high as 100,000 from India’s worst earthquake in the prosperous state of Gujarat.
The earthquake struck the industrial state of Gujarat with brutal speed–flattening whole villages and toppling high rise blocks in cities. Mild tremors shook parts of western India on the evening of January 30–fueling the fear factor and keeping many survivors out in the open.
Sergey Balasanian–head of Armenia’s national Seismic Service announced in a news conference they were ready to send a rapid reaction team of 25 engineers and doctors to India. He said the Seismic Service has applied to the UN Special Council and is waiting for their answer. A special banking account has also been opened with the Service’s Fund for donations.