ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Marathwada Earthquake-Soft Credit, Soft Appraisal

Marathwada Earthquake Soft Credit, Soft Appraisal Shirish B Patel The Maharashtra government's project for rehabilitating the victims of the Marathwada earthquake is headed towards spectacular failure. And in its unquestioning acceptance of the state governments programme, focusing single-mindedly on how to get it executed, the World Bank seems bent upon abetting the government in spending its money, not wisely but too well Softness, it would seem, is the guiding principle Soft credit, soft appraisal ON September 30, 1993 an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale completely destroyed some villages in the Latur and Osmanabad districts of the Marathwada region in Maharashtra, and severely dam- agedmany more. About 10,000 people died.1 By contrast, the recent Los Angeles earth- quake measured 6.6 on the Richter scale, and 46 people died.2 Unlike Los Angeles, Marathwada has not seen an earthquake for several centuries. Over these years building techniques have evolved into forms completely unsuited to withstanding an earthquake. The population was in no way prepared for what happened. The devastation, both physical and psychological, was enormous.

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