At 3 a.m. on the 31st May 1935, the native
quarter of Quetta city was destroyed by an earthquake
of terrific violence. Out of a reputed population
of 50,000 it is estimated at least 30,000 perished
in their houses.
The Military Garrison of 20,000 largely escaped
with the exception of the Royal Air Force Units who
suffered severely through being lodged close to the
vortex of the disturbance. The Indian Police also
suffered heavily losing 172 of their strength, a loss
which must have disorganized completely a force whose
services were to be so urgently required in restoring
law and order.
It is not proposed further to describe the earthquake
except in so far as it has some relation to
the subject of this Thesis. The fact that epidemic
diseases did not at once break out at the scene of
the disaster has already been commented on in various
published descriptions of condj.tions following the
It is proposed to describe the outbreak of
Oriental sore at Quetta which prevailed amongst Troops
and Civilians during the early months of 1936, and to
compare and contrast this epidemic with similar happenings
in other places under varying circumstances.