Photos: Tremors make residents ditch homes in Maharashtra’s Palghar

More than 1,000 earthquakes have rocked Dahanu and Talasari in Maharashtra’s Palghar district since November 3 last year. Sixteen of the 1,000 earthquakes measured above three on the Richer scale, affecting more than 30,000 people from 17 villages. According to the district collector’s office, the earthquakes have affected an area measuring 10km in diameter, around the epicentre 3-5km below the surface in Dahanu. The phenomenon is called ‘earthquake swarm’ where several low-magnitude tremors are felt one after the other. Swarms usually do not have the capacity to devastate homes or cause disasters such as landslides.

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School children in Nareshwadi have their meals in the school playground. Of late, residents in Maharashtra’s Palghar district have been keeping away from their homes. Parents don’t let children go to school, and if they do, accompany them to and fro. These, residents say, are safety measures against tremors they’ve been subjected to for the past three months. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

School children in Nareshwadi have their meals in the school playground. Of late, residents in Maharashtra’s Palghar district have been keeping away from their homes. Parents don’t let children go to school, and if they do, accompany them to and fro. These, residents say, are safety measures against tremors they’ve been subjected to for the past three months. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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Sawanji Chimma Gavit prepares his family’s sleeping arrangements in the front yard of their home under tarpaulin sheet tents. More than 1,000 earthquakes of mild-to-medium magnitude have rocked Dahanu and Talasari since November 3 last year, according to data from the National Centre for Seismology (NCS). (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

Sawanji Chimma Gavit prepares his family’s sleeping arrangements in the front yard of their home under tarpaulin sheet tents. More than 1,000 earthquakes of mild-to-medium magnitude have rocked Dahanu and Talasari since November 3 last year, according to data from the National Centre for Seismology (NCS). (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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These constant tremors have created a sense of uncertainty and fear among residents and have kept the state government on its toes. People have been braving the chilly nights in makeshift tents. Apart from the harsh cold, there is the risk of mosquitoes, snakes and scorpions when sleeping in the tents as a precaution against building collapses. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

These constant tremors have created a sense of uncertainty and fear among residents and have kept the state government on its toes. People have been braving the chilly nights in makeshift tents. Apart from the harsh cold, there is the risk of mosquitoes, snakes and scorpions when sleeping in the tents as a precaution against building collapses. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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Surekha Raut, who lives in Patkarpada, Talasari, stands against a deep crack on her kitchen wall. The NCS has set up three seismographs in the two talukas. Sixteen of the 1,000 earthquakes measured above three on the scale, which affected more than 30,000 people from 17 villages and damaged at least 1,300 homes. The biggest tremor was recorded on February 1, at 3.6 magnitude. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

Surekha Raut, who lives in Patkarpada, Talasari, stands against a deep crack on her kitchen wall. The NCS has set up three seismographs in the two talukas. Sixteen of the 1,000 earthquakes measured above three on the scale, which affected more than 30,000 people from 17 villages and damaged at least 1,300 homes. The biggest tremor was recorded on February 1, at 3.6 magnitude. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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Dattatray Borse, a teacher at the government-run Dhundalwadi Primary, Secondary Residential school, said more than 50% of the children have stopped attending lectures. Most of these students were taken home by their parents. Similarly, Babasaheb Pawar, principal, Somaiyya Trust Residential school, in Nareshwadi near Dhundalwadi reported a 60% drop in the first two months. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

Dattatray Borse, a teacher at the government-run Dhundalwadi Primary, Secondary Residential school, said more than 50% of the children have stopped attending lectures. Most of these students were taken home by their parents. Similarly, Babasaheb Pawar, principal, Somaiyya Trust Residential school, in Nareshwadi near Dhundalwadi reported a 60% drop in the first two months. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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Earlier last week, the Palghar district collector said a fault line — a break in the earth’s surface where quakes usually occur — was detected in the affected area. Prashant Narnaware, collector of Palghar, said, that homes in these villages are mostly kutcha homes. Several have developed deep cracks in the walls, beams and pillars. A total of 1,500 homes were inspected by the district administration. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

Earlier last week, the Palghar district collector said a fault line — a break in the earth’s surface where quakes usually occur — was detected in the affected area. Prashant Narnaware, collector of Palghar, said, that homes in these villages are mostly kutcha homes. Several have developed deep cracks in the walls, beams and pillars. A total of 1,500 homes were inspected by the district administration. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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At least 42 locations were identified across the two talukas, where tents have been set up. The collector has put in place emergency medical infrastructure for each village — which includes a tent, a motorcycle ambulance and four-wheeler ambulance. According to the district disaster management plan, locals have been advised not to sleep inside their homes, while schools have been advised not to take lectures in classrooms. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

At least 42 locations were identified across the two talukas, where tents have been set up. The collector has put in place emergency medical infrastructure for each village — which includes a tent, a motorcycle ambulance and four-wheeler ambulance. According to the district disaster management plan, locals have been advised not to sleep inside their homes, while schools have been advised not to take lectures in classrooms. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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The three residential schools around Dhundalwadi have bunk beds set up in makeshift tents. Classes for those kids who have remained behind are conducted in the open. On the other hand, local residents are setting store by beliefs, such as “fate will take its own course no matter what precautions we take”, or that they have to watch for the quakes on specific days for safety the rest of the week. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

The three residential schools around Dhundalwadi have bunk beds set up in makeshift tents. Classes for those kids who have remained behind are conducted in the open. On the other hand, local residents are setting store by beliefs, such as “fate will take its own course no matter what precautions we take”, or that they have to watch for the quakes on specific days for safety the rest of the week. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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Families are cooking and feeding in the open, sleeping on the kutcha streets of the village, and reassuring each other in the middle of the night if they feel a tremor. Santosh Bhoye (L), a resident of Dhundalwadi, said, “My wife, two children, and four neighbouring families all sleep in a tent in the night. Sometimes we sleep on the road, but it is very cold in the night.” (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

Families are cooking and feeding in the open, sleeping on the kutcha streets of the village, and reassuring each other in the middle of the night if they feel a tremor. Santosh Bhoye (L), a resident of Dhundalwadi, said, “My wife, two children, and four neighbouring families all sleep in a tent in the night. Sometimes we sleep on the road, but it is very cold in the night.” (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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