Why there were so many deaths in the Earthquake in Kashmir
The people of Chitral, Pakistan and the Nuristanis in Afghanistan build their houses in such a way as to be earthquake-proof.
There were no deaths in Chitral during the recent earthquake, even though they were near the epicenter of the earthquake.
Essentially, the way they do this is that the weight of the roof rests on stilts. Even if the stilts move back and forth, the roof will not fall. The walls which are made of mud will fall down, but the walls will not hit a person very hard and will probably not kill anybody.
One reason I know about this is that Professor Israr-ud-Din of the Department of Geography of the University of Peshawar wrote his thesis on this subject and he explained this to me twenty-five years ago.
The Chitralis have been building their houses this way for the last thousand years. Most earthquake victims were school children. What obviously happened is that International Aid Agencies built schools in a well-intended effort to educate the children. However, the aid agencies did not know about the earthquakes and so they built the schools of brick and concrete. The roofs of these buildings fell and killed the children inside.
Perhaps it would have been better to let the local people who were familiar with the earthquake problem do the work.
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- Explorers of the Western Himalayas 1820-1895 by John Keay
- Family Tree of the Royal Family of Chitral
- Why there were so many deaths in the Earthquake in Kashmir
- Did Chitralis come from Europe or Did Europeans come from Chitral?
- Chitral, Pakistan Telephone Book
- Map of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China and Tajikistan showing location of ancestral home of my daughter, Shamema
- A Month in Chitral, by Algernon Durand
- His Various Schemes, by Surgeon Major George Robertson
- Khalilullah Nuristani
- Over the Hindu Kush, through Chitral, Gilgit, Hunza and Swat
- Kashmir Conflict - Who is right, India or Pakistan?
- Nuristan and Nuristanis
- Richard Strand's Nuristan site: The Kalasha of KalashE
- Towards a Sociolinguistic Profile of the Khowar Language
- Ayub Subidar of the Chitral, Pakistan Scouts
- My daughter Shamema's family in Damik, Drosh, Chitral, Pakistan
- Crossing Lowari Top
- Yahya, my friend in Chitral
- Chitrali Brezhayu - My former Sister-in-Law in Chitral
- Latest News from Chitral !!!
- Shandur Top - The Highest Polo Ground in the World
- Khowar.com, a virtual tour of our ethnic region
- An Introduction to the Kalasha People in Chitral
- Nizam-ul-Mulk, one of the Mehtars of Chitral
- The Making of a Frontier (1899) by Colonel Algernon Durand
- Encyclopedia Britannica: Chitral
- THE MAKING OF A FRONTIER by Algernon Durand (London 1899)
- The Kafirs of the Hindu-Kush (Oxford in Asia Historical Reprints) by Sir George Robertson
- The Gilgit Game : The Explorers of the Western Himalayas 1865-95 by John Keay
- The Religions of the Hindukush : The Religion of the Kafirs : The Pre-Islamic Heritage of Afghan Nuristan by Karl Jettmar
- Chitral : the story of a minor siege by George Scott Robertson
- Much sounding of bugles : the siege of Chitral, 1895
- The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War by Winston S. Churchill
- The Man Who Would Be King (1975) starring: Sean Connery, Michael Caine
- Pakistan: The Forward Policy
- Map of How to get to the House of Honzagool
- Kalasha-English word list
- Afiyat - A Beautiful Kalash Girl
- The Kalash of Jinjoret Kuh
- Rustam, a Kalash man from Birir, in Abu Dhabi
- Abdul Khaliq, a Kalash man
- Kalasha vocabulary
- Alexander the Great and the Kalash
- The Story of Poor, Little Honzagool
- Wanted for Kidnapping
- The Slave Children of Thomas Jefferson
- Proof that Jerry Falwell really did kidnap my daughter Shamema
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