World: Death in India's Paris

"Wherever you put your foot in the mud that is now Morvi, you strike a body." So said Pankaj Zaveri, a survivor of the most disastrous accident ever to befall India. In the midafternoon of a torrentially rainy Saturday, the 197-ft.-high earthen Machhu dam in western India's Gujarat state suddenly burst open. The waters behind it boiled six miles down a river in the state's Saurashtra district and crashed into Morvi, a semi-industrial town of 75,000, known as "the Paris of Saurashtra" because of its many green parks and broad avenues. Mud houses were entirely swept away, brick and concrete buildings...

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