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Making hospitals safe in emergencies: country examples

A building destroyed in 2001 earthquake in Bhuj, India
IFRC/Denis Mclean


Gujurat's devastating earthquake in 2001 provided impetus for change. Nearly 14 000 people were killed, 1813 health facilities were destroyed and another 3812 partially damaged. Damage was mainly due to poor-quality building materials and weak foundations. New and retrofitted health facilities were then planned, revising building guidelines to take into account the seismic zones. The authorities now ensure new health facilities are constructed according to building codes.

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