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Mr. Masroor

Get your story strait.  First you mentioned that "almost everyone died".
Then you continued by saying "all dead, we cannot ask their point of view".
----- Original Message -----
From: "Syed A Masroor" <sam2000(--nospam--at)cyber.net.pk>
To: "list" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2001 2:38 AM
Subject: Destruction of Kurram Village, Afghanistan


> Dear colleagues
>
> Last week, some terrorists, flying huge military airplanes, bombed the
> Kurram village near Jalalabad out of existence.  Unfortunately, the
> design of one and two storied Group R- Division III structures was
> incapable of withstanding the 25 explosion that shook the village in the
> middle of the night.  Almost everyone died.
>
> The deaths are attributed to poor structural design and non enforcement
> of building codes in Afghanistan.  All houses were made with
> unreinforced clay-brick masonry in lime mortar (Type-O).  The brittle
> failure of heavy walls under explosion loading caused the most damage to
> life.
>
> The roofs were 22swg sheets over 2x4s.  These were overlaid with a thick
> layer of mud mixed with grass.  When the roofs collapsed, the inmates
> were burried in this mud. All materials used in construction of these
> houses had only one objective. To keep the blistering winter and
> scorching summer of Eastern Afghanistan out.
>
> As most of the houses were owner-designed and built, with the help of a
> village mason - all dead, we cannot ask their point of view.   But since
> some of the aiders and abeters of this massacre may be on the list, we
> may ask there opinion on how to destroy lime-brick houses with 5000lb
> bombs.
>
> Syed Abulkhair Masroor
> Consulting Structural Engineer
> Karachi, Pakistan.
>
>
>
>
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