The Narmada Bachao Andolan, with the assistance of several supporters and associated organisations, initiated a relief camp at Village Balasar, Taluka Rapar, District Kutch in Gujarat to provide immediate relief to the people affected by the terrible earthquake that hit Gujarat on 26th January 2001. The Camp, which was set up at Balasar on 3rd Feb. 2001 was wound up on 16th Feb. 2001. After the formal winding up of the camp also, two volunteers remained in the village to complete the remaining work. It is planned that sometime later, a tour of the area will be undertaken by the active members of the Camp to maintain contact with the area and for follow up work. Some form of long term involvement in the rehabilitation and reconstruction work in the area is also being planned. This camp was known all over the area as "Balasar Camp", and will be so referred to in this report.
This report is being written with two objectives:
1. To provide information about the distribution of relief material and other work undertaken by this camp to those who had sent relief material, financial assistance etc. for the earthquake affected through this Camp or through Narmada Bachao Andolan.
2. To provide relevant information to those who wish to work further in this area especially on rehabilitation and reconstruction work
Relief and related work was carried out in over 45 villages and wandhs (hamlets) by Balasar Camp. Wandhs are the small hamlets / settlements that lie at a distance from the main village.