Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Orientation on earthquake resistant building construction and Non Structural Mitigation held for house owners

National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) in collaboration with Society for Urban Poor (SOUP) and Shapla Neer Nepal has concluded an orientation on earthquake resistant building construction and NSM for house owners program at Nepal Bhasa Manka Chhen at Tyagal ward 7 of Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) on Friday January 26, 2018.

Altogether 84 participants (52 female and 32 male) from ward 7, 8 and 17 of LMC benefited by the program. The objectives of the program was to provide the basic knowledge on building construction and Non-Structural Mitigation (NSM) to the potential house owners including members of the women groups of the area.

The program was divided into 3 sessions, namely, opening, technical and the closing sessions

Starting the program, Mr. Binod Maharjan, Chairperson of ward number 17 of LMC, stressed on importance of earthquake resistant building construction technique and need of providing the opportunity of learning a safer building practice. Highlighting the objective of the program, Ms. Gujeshwori Shrestha, Executive Director of SOUP, urged house owners to focus on building a safer house arguing that more that 80% of human casualties during earthquakes are due to the collapsed of the buildings.

Mr. Shree Ram Singh Basnet, NSET management Board Member, said that community plays a vital role in disaster preparedness and NSET has been giving high priority to the community right from its establishment time and working in collaboration with many communities.

The technical session was presented by NSET professionals and comprised of two presentations including structural elements of a building and non-structural mitigation measures of the building.

The structural elements of a building are very critical points to be kept in mind by every house owner while constructing a new house both pillar system and wall system while non-structural mitigation measures of the building are also equally important for risk reduction. The 1st presentation was conducted jointly by Ms. Bhubaneswari Parajuli and Mr. Shova Ram Bhattarai from NSET while the second presentation was presented by Ms. Om Kala Khanal from NSET.

The program was concluded with the closing remarks from Mr. Hem Maharjan, Chairperson of the program, also the Chairperson of LMC 8. In her remark, he emphasized on the need of sharing the knowledge gained by the participants to reduce the upcoming earthquake risk. He further advised to apply their knowledge learnt in their community. 

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