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Quake-resistant houses ‘attract’ tourists

On 26 January, 2001, a close to 7.7-magnitude earthquake epicentered at Kutch’s Bhachau Taluka rocked Gujarat, which practically flattened neighbouring Bhuj district’s historic landscape to rubble, but people who slept inside bhungas had a different tale to tell.

 And, now these life-saving houses are a major hit among the visitors at the ongoing Rannotsav, set amidst the pristine white salt deserts of the Great Rann of Kutch bordering the now internationally famous Dhordo village. ‘These bhungas saved many lives here in the villages in Kutch during the 2001 quake. They turned out to be our life saviours and now they have caught attention of tourists and researchers in India and abroad for their unique design,’ Miyan Husen, Dhordo village sarpanch, said.

 ‘But, nothing really happened to us here, who slept inside the bhungas, as the tremors passed by, which otherwise rattled the urban city of Bhuj and razed it down to the ground,’ Husen added.
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