CATTLE FACES THIRD CALAMITY IN KUTCH: In eight villages of Kutch region
devastated by the heavy duty earthquake on January 26th 2001, the cattle is
suffering from foot and mouth diseases. This is the third calamity for the
cattle in the area - first the drought, then the quake and now the fatal
disease. The cattle were being treated with 40,000 vaccines as a preventative
measure against the spread of the disease from UK and France. But the
vaccination is stopped as it did not seem to have any effect. The Kuthcio
are panicking that the diseases will spread to other villages. The panic is
furthered as the milk supply from the cattle has been decreasing drastically.
WATER SHORTAGE IN SHAURASTRA: The suffering
from quake is being increased by the severe shortage of water being experienced
in many parts of Shaurastra. In some places water rationing is in force with
some towns getting potable water once in six days. One of the reasons of severe
shortage of water is the delays in constructing dams and pipe lines. Some
projects which were scheduled to be completed in two months are still not
completed after two years in the villages of Lambadhar, Limbdi and Dhoraji.
RAJKOT'S RELIANCE PETROLEUM LTD'S INSURANCE CLAIM OF 144 CRORE (1 billion
440 million) RUPEES: has been registered with the New India Insurance
Company and Leed Ree Munich Insurance RIE. This petroleum refinery has a daily
average capacity of 540,000 barrels a day of crude oil processing. The insurance
claim is for the damage sustained to the plant and infrastructure from the
January 26th quake. The refinery has been repaired and operational with
production increased to 580,000 barrels a day.