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Gujarat quake was a `saddening sight`, says Aamir Khan

Updated: Jan 27, 2011, 14:30 PM IST

London: Bollywood star Aamir Khan has opened up about the horrors he witnessed after the earthquake that devastated Gujarat a decade ago.

The 7.9 magnitude quake killed more than 20,000 people and destroyed 400,000 homes.

Recalling the horror, Aamir said he went into complete shock when he learnt that a very big earthquake had hit his "friends" in Bhuj.

The quake, which occurred on 26 January 2001, had its epicentre near Bhuj in Kutch district - the same town where he shot the Oscar-nominated film ``Lagaan``.

The "scared and panicked" actor thought, "Who out of these hundreds of people, had survived?"

Aamir said it was a saddening sight, reports the BBC.

"I was going to meet people whose lives and homes had been destroyed. People who had lost everything they had. How would I meet them and reach out to them? I was traumatized," he said.

"We went back to the place we``d lived, but the building had collapsed. Bhuj was still in very bad shape, the market place, homes, buildings were destroyed. A lot of cleaning up had happened, but so much more needed to be done.

"It made me realize what they``ve been through," he said.

ANI