According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 1993 earthquake in India was the most deadly in the world that year, killing over 9,000 people and leveling much of the Latur district. It was followed by three strong aftershocks the next day. It leveled 52 villages in the area and was felt as far away as Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
The U.S. Geological Survey states that the earthquake's magnitude was 6.2, while the official website of the Latur district states that it was 6.4. Around 30,000 houses collapsed as a result of the earthquake, paralyzing life in many villages. The earthquake struck in the middle of the night, making the loss of life and injuries great because many people were in their homes when they collapsed. Because of the large loss of life, community burials were held. In addition to the significant number of human lives lost, more than 15,000 livestock were killed due to the quake.
The government of India, and many social service organizations, provided aid to the communities affected to help life return to normal. As a result of the large-scale devastation caused by the earthquake, the government in Maharashtra started a disaster management and preparedness program to provide support and training in preparation for future natural disasters.