Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Earthquake Memorial Meeting held in Bhugol Park, Kathmandu

While marking 24th Earthquake Safety Day in Nepal, an Earthquake Memorial Meeting has been held at the historical Earthquake Monument in Bhugol Park, Kathmandu on 16 January 2022. Nepal commemorates 1934 Great Nepal-Bihar Earthquake that had killed more than 8500 Nepali people; adding almost same number of human death in Bihar part of India. The meeting extended prayers and paid tributes to those who lost their lives in past earthquakes.

Addressing the Memorial Meeting, Home Minister Balkrishna Khand stressed on stringent implementation of National Building Code in the construction practices so that impact of the recurring earthquake events in Nepal could be minimized considerably.

Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), Mr. Bidya Sundar Shakya expressed commitment of KMC to work in disaster risk reduction efforts. Mayor Shakya also shared that the KMC had been decentralizing the firefighting facilities and setting up offices with new equipment around the cities, namely in Bauddha, Maharajgunj and Kalanki besides New Road. The new facilities would help contain the fire incidents on time at the adjoining municipalities as well.

Kathmandu Metropolitan City organized the Memorial Meeting. The meeting was commenced with the remarks by Mr. Nilkaji Shakya, Ward Chairperson and Head of Disaster Management Committee of KMC with key notes of his heartfelt condolences to the people we lost in past earthquakes.

The program was attended by Hon. Home Minister Khand, Mayor Mr. Shakya, Chief Executive of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority Mr. Anil Pokharel, Chief & Senior Officials of Security Agencies, DRR Practitioners, elected representatives, Senior Government Officials, and community representatives. Due to Covid 19 pandemic situation, the program was held in limited physical presence abiding by Nepal Government’s health protocol.

On the occasion, KMC also felicitated 3 fire fighters with cash prize of Rs. 15,000 for their contribution. Hon. Home Minister Mr. Khand handed over the certificates and prize money to them.

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