29 Apr '15, 6pm

Dire Prospects Seen When the Full Nepal Earthquake Death Toll is Tallied

Dire Prospects Seen When the Full Nepal Earthquake Death Toll is Tallied

This earthquake reminds me of Kashmir, the 2005 Pakistan quake , which was mostly rural [and killed more than 79,000 people ]. A. That’s right. And in fact, …the population in villages is actually the equivalent or greater [than in the city of Katmandu]. And the point about this is that the villages are still constructing out of rubble and clay and even the wood they used to have in their structures has been in short supply. One has to expect that that last 10 years of building in the villages, at least, they will have had inferior quality instead of better-quality building. In Katmandu itself there’s been a trend to concrete frame everywhere. there are some very opulent houses that have been constructed quite well, actually. The old city has very narrow streets and they have overhanging balconies and most are them are really congested with people. The buildings are assemb...

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