Post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal

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Posted by Anup Baral December 31, 2016 :
The earthquake that hit Nepal on 25th April 2015 was the biggest in eighty years. It killed around 9,000 people and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Entire villages were flattened and aftershocks continued for months after the major earthquake – meaning that communities were unable to start rebuilding their homes and lives. Following the major earthquake, Practical Action distributed emergency relief, including hygiene kits, water purifiers, food packages, shelter and access to energy. We then helped to construct temporary shelters, renovated and repaired drinking water systems, and repaired and improved footpaths.Nepal has a history of destructive earthquakes. The region’s seismic record, dating back to 1255, indicates that such earthquakes occur approximately every seventy-five years. The last major earthquake occurred in 1934. This event, known as the Nepal-Bihar earthquake, is thought to have caused approximately 10,600 fatalities in the region. A quarter of Kathmandu’s homes were destroyed. The government did not control Kathmandu’s Valley’s rapid reconstruction. In the absence of any building code, nearly all development took place without consideration of seismic force concerns.
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