Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal by 2020

Professionals and Researchers from UK and Nepal observe physical and social impacts of the Gorkha Earthquake 2015 and subsequent landslides

A team of professionals and researchers from UK and Nepal made an observational visit to Upper Bhote Koshi Valley, Sindhupalchok District, Central Nepal that included visit to NSET’s project sites en route to the Upper Bhote Koshi area in Talakhu VDC, Nuwakot and Melamchi City, Sindhupalchok. The purpose of field visit was to observe physical and social impacts of the Gorkha Earthquake 2015 and subsequent landslides, and the landslide monitoring work currently underway. 

Visit started from Kathmandu across the old city of Sankhu that was worst hit by the Gorkha Earthquake 2015. Team first observed newly reconstructed houses in Talakhu VDC Nuwakot where NSET is implementing Baliyo Ghar program, a capacity building program for post-2015 earthquake housing reconstruction funded by USAID Nepal. Team next observed a newly built school construction in Melamchi, Sindhupalchowk under NSET’s School Earthquake Safety Program (SESP).

The team headed towards Upper Bhote Koshi Valley areas observing landslide monitoring sites operated under research works supported by Duharm University, UK; and also other landslide sites that were triggered by the last earthquake as well as other villages on the way to Kodari, which were impacted by the Earthquake.

The team made observations on the social and physical impacts of the earthquake, recovery efforts and progress on research initiatives undertaken towards long term earthquake and landslide risk mitigation.

The observational visit held during March 3-5, 2017.

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