• A little girl holds her doll while standing in front of the ruins of her house in western Indian city of Bhuj on 3 April 2001.Reuters
  • A woman stands in front of her destroyed house as she waits for the debris to be cleared in the village of Adhoi in Gujarat on 5 February 2001.Reuters
  • An aerial picture of the destroyed houses in the village of Khavdaon 5 February 2001.Reuters
  • An aerial picture of the destroyed houses in the village of Khavda, in the western corner of India on 5 February 2001, where some 30,000 people were killed by the January 26 quake.Reuters
  • An Indian child gets his damaged utensils weighed by a scrap dealer in a market in the western Indian city of Bhuj on 16 February 2001. Bhuj was the worst hit city by the January 26 earthquake that killed an estimated 30,000 people in the state of Gujarat.Reuters
  • Dust swarms as residents of Dhori village run for relief supplies as an Indian army helicopter approaches the village in the western Indian state of Gujarat on 2 February 2001. This was the first time relief supplies arrived at the village since the earthquake.Reuters
  • People walk past a building destroyed by the earthquake in the small village of Sukhpar, about 10 km (6 miles) from the western Indian city of Bhuj, on 30 January 2001.Reuters
  • A man leads his donkey and cart through a street surrounded by earthquake-damaged homes in Bhuj after Gujarat faced an earthquake in January.Reuters
  • An sick and elderly Indian woman lies on the ground at a makeshift camp for earthquake survivors in Kalitalabadi on 3 February 2001.Reuters
  • Patients recovering from injuries sustained during last month's massive earthquake play a game of cards inside a Red Cross hospital in the western Indian city of Bhuj on 16 February 2001.Reuters

When India was celebrating its 52nd Republic Day on 26 January 2001, the western part of the country faced one of the worst earthquakes in history.

26 January 2015 marks the 14th anniversary of one of the most devastating disasters that left nearly a million families homeless.

The earthquake, which lasted for over two minutes, at 8:46 am, killed more than 19,727 and 166,000 were injured.

Following the massive 7.9 magnitude quake, more than 500 aftershocks continued to strike different parts of Gujarat till March, according to Indian Metrology Department (IMD).

Twenty one out of 25 districts in the state were totally destroyed and Kutch was the worst affected district, followed by Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Rajkot and Surendranagar.

While many believed that Gujarat would take years to get back to normal, the collective efforts of the people helped the state recover and a lot of praise was heaped on the successful Gujarat Model of Development.

The then Cheif Minister, Narendra Modi was also appreciated for his government's involvement in the prosperity of the state. Industrial as well as healthcare and education sector also reached new heights.

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