Thursday, June 21, 2007

Earthquake 1935

On 31st May 1935 at 3.40 am in the early morning the city of Quetta and the countryside for 100 miles to the south-west including the town of Khelat were devastated by a severe earthquake which lasted three minutes. There was another severe shock on 2nd June,Killed about 30000 to 60000 peopls. An official Government communique issued on that day from Simla stated: “1. The whole city of Quetta is destroyed and being sealed under military guard from 2nd June with medical advice. It is estimated that 20,000 corpses remain buried under the debris. There is no hope of rescuing any more persons alive. The corpses extracted and buried number several thousand. There are about 10,000 Indian survivors including 4,000 injured. 2. All houses in the civil area are razed to the ground except Government House, which is partially standing but in ruins. The church and club are both in ruins, also the Murree Brewery. 3. One quarter of the cantonment area is destroyed, the remaining three quarters slightly damaged, but inhabitable. Most of the damage was done in the RAF area where the barracks were destroyed, and only six out of the twenty-seven machines are serviceable. 4. The railway area is destroyed. 5. Hanna Road and the Staff College are undamaged. 6. Surrounding villages are destroyed with; it is feared, very heavy casualties. The number is not yet ascertainable. Military parties are being sent out to investigate and render help. 7. Outlying districts, as already reported from Khelat and Mastung, are reported to have been razed to the ground with heavy casualties. All the villages between Quetta and Khelat are also reported to have been destroyed”. A local newspaper headline announced “Terrible Disaster in Quetta - Staff College unharmed.

Jinnah Road Before Earthquake.

Jinnah Road After Earthquake.






















75 comments:

tariq kakar said...

these pics are well record of quetta city ...

Anonymous said...

great are they not?

Anonymous said...

Farrukh
i really wish to see the Quetta before 1935........may i go in past,,,

Anonymous said...

i am from quetta i born in quetta live in Quetta and will die in Quetta , ever i met in life to some one who is from another city of Pakistan they said Quetta is a nice city even their is not much public entertainment places or fun but naturally there is some thing in atmosphere that every one who visited Quetta never forget after,God never show us this kind of Earth Quake again, now a days i am in Toronto Canada, but if God's wish i will be in my own land quetta when i die .

bashrat ali 03337899772 said...

my name is basharat ali yousufzai s/o ghullam nabi g n icecream this is 10/11/ 2008 im just praying to allah pak pleas ya allah dont distroy agen our city it became once agen beautyful just for ur muhamad(pbah)sake we r so bad peopel u forgive us this time we hade an reath quaeke in quetta and ziyrat agen ziyrat distroyed and evary day aftershok.s r coming pleas all of u prey 4 us 4 quetta and all of pakistan

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my name is basharat ali yousufzai s/o ghullam nabi g n icecream this is 10/11/ 2008 im just praying to allah pak pleas ya allah dont distroy agen our city it became once agen beautyful just for ur muhamad(pbah)sake we r so bad peopel u forgive us this time we hade an reath quaeke in quetta and ziyrat agen ziyrat distroyed and evary day aftershok.s r coming pleas all of u prey 4 us 4 quetta and all of pakistan

Anonymous said...

quetta is great city wid lovig ppl may ALLAH save it frm terrorists

Rehan Gull panezai said...

my name is Rehan Gull from Khanozai but living in quetta.As quetta is builted on one of the danger zone on earth where after 1935 every five or ten years earthquakes occurs.Being a student of geology its my resposibilty to inform u all about these situations and our carelessness. many buildings had been constructed and still constructions is going on but very less people must have recognized there buildings designs to an engineer. before a constructing a building a person must concern a geologist who tells him about the nature of the land on which he is going to construct this building either the land will tolarate this or not. wish u all the best and best regards

Kapil said...

My great grandfather "Thakur Basawa Mal" was a great businessman in Quetta in the late 18th and early 19th century. With his commendable writing skills, he started his career as a humble document writer and went on to become a Pistachio Orchardist and Commodities trader. He lost a lot of family members to this earthquake in 1935. I wish India and Pakistan unite again as one country and we can move back to our ancestral land. If anyone knows about him or other members of his family, please email me at kapilverma4@gmail.com

milo said...

it is a really gr8 site.....it is a lesson for all of us here....the merciless, devastating quake....seriously... no wonder that us Karachiites are really blessed...may Alah help us always9though we dont deserve, to be a lillle blunt, man1)

hameed bareach said...

my name is hameed khan bareach i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee QUETTA....

Little said...

My father was pulled out from under the sands of Quetta 'Quake 1935 after 3days then helped save others. I still wear his watch. He was in the RAF and many were killed. He told me that all Quetta people helped each other. Is there still a memorial in Quetta? Is the name of W.E.Little om it? I have many photos of Quetta.

Aminullah said...

Naqeeb Kasi.

Hello.How ru peoples.I saw the Quetta Old pic Like it & and Also said to see the Earthquick Pics. So we should To Love our City Quetta & Be HaPpY
In Ur Life

Aminullah said...

Naqeeb Kasi.

Hello.How ru peoples.I saw the Quetta Old pic Like it & and Also said to see the Earthquick Pics. So we should To Love our City Quetta & Be HaPpY
In Ur Life

Little said...

All my photo pictures are of Quetta before 1934 and shortly after. Everything I was told was from my father so is not much, he said that before the 'quake it was a very modern city and that afterwards everything was flat and sandy and quiet. He was suprized because the hurt people were so grateful for any small help where as in England people expected much more less.

Abdul Raziq said...

QUETTA IS REALLY A ONDERFUL IN THE PAST AS WELL AS IN THE PRESENT
AND I WISH THAT ALL THE ENTIRE PICTURES OF QUETTA BRITISH ERA SHELL BE DISPLAYED FOR THE PEOPLE THAT THEY SHELL KNOW ABOUT THE REGION BEST.

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Mohabbatsab said...

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Mohabbatsab said...

I m Abdul jalal slaimankhail 4m quetta kuchlak. I love my quetta and its loving people. The most important enhancement we need is to upgrade our education standard and perhaps to stress more on education other than partibazi. This Site reminds us the importance of quetta via 1935 devastating earthquake.

Anonymous said...

The article is written terribly. Where's the proof of these quotes?

aimal said...

I m Aimal khan slaimankhail 4m quetta khanozai. I love my quetta and its loving people. The most important enhancement we need is to upgrade our education standard and perhaps to stress more on education other than partibazi. This Site reminds us the importance of quetta via 1935 devastating earthquake.

mrinalini anand said...

my grand parental roots are form quetta my late father was a survivor of the 1935 earthquake - babu mohalla and bushra market are closely related to my roots as my grandad was involved in constructing them .My grandad was an an archeologist.My fathers house was on bruce road(now jinnah road).Wish i could come some day to see the city

Anonymous said...

These are very interesting photos for me and I have been enjoying the comments. I was born in Rawalpindi in 1948 with English parents. We lived in Quetta for a year in the mid 1950's while my Father was at the staff college. I have very happy memories of Quetta, even though I lost a lot of marbles in the games we used to play :-)

Vikas said...

My ancestors were from Quetta. In 1935 10 people of our family died inn 1 night. Only two ladies were left. When in 1947 hindus wer kicked out of pakistan , these ladies had a very tough life in a strange land soo unknown to them.Both these ladies died with a dream of someday returning to Lovely Quetta, The land of their birth.
Vikas Arora

Maaz Munir said...

It was very informative to me.

Asim said...

I am from Sialkot and once I was been in Quetta, its really a beautiful city with beautiful people. I love Quetta and Balochistan.

ukdarren68 said...

My Grandfather, Great Grandmother and uncle were all killed in the Quetta earthquake in 1935. My mother was only 8 months old and luckily the family survivors were found because of her crying. Non of those people are alive today and I am trying to find out more about my Grand Father. His name is William Osmond Ramage and was a driver on the N.W. Railway and died on May 31st 1935 aged 40. There are of course no pictures or records in the family and no one alive to ask questions any more. I am not sure if any records did survive. Maybe I will go to Quetta one day just to see..

Anonymous said...

My father was in Quetta when the earthquake struck and I still have some photographs.

Anonymous said...

Hi
I am from Quetta I was born in Quetta my all family born in Quetta is one of the best city of pakistan was very clean city in early70 after that the city become crowds and know in terrorist hands everyday .annocent people dying I cray by my heart may Allah bring peace again in my beauty full quetta

William P. Laughland said...

I was born May 2,1935 in the Civil Hospital in Quetta to English parents. My father was one of the five doctors in the Indian Hospital Corps, Western Command, who stayed in Quetta from June 1934 to September 1935. I have been trying to write factually and accurately about our family's experiences of our life in India from 1934 to late 1947(Calcutta). I am having great difficulty obtaining old city maps and pictures. williamp.laughland65@gmail.com

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Peter Trigwell said...

Gentlemen I am survivors grandson, Paticia Ford, whose father was a lover of Islam and of Quetta and taught in the grammar school in the city.

The city holds an undimmed affection in my life as many of my family are buried there following the tragedy in 1935.

May Allah preserve Quetta

Derek said...

There is a memorial listing the names of those North Western Railway employees and their families situated at the Junction of Zarghoon (or Zarghun) Road and the road connecting it to the Railway Station.

ukdarren68 said...

My Grandfather was a driver for the NW Railway and his name is on the memorial William Ramage. He died along with my uncle and Great Grandmother, who were all in the house that day. The rest of the family were rescued due to the cries of a young baby from the rubble. This was my mother and she was 8 months old. One day I will visit Quetta as see the where my family members are buried.