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Earthquake Safety Day observed in the midst of a pandemic


The 23rd National Earthquake Safety Day was observed today in a low-key fashion with the ongoing COV-ID-19 pandemic in mind.

The theme of the day was “Earthquake Safety in Multi-Hazard Disasters: Protecting Lives and Property Together”.

The National Earthquake Day Main Organizing Committee formed by the government of Nepal held a low-profile function in Bode Municipality of Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur.

Speaking at the ceremony as the guest of honor, Interior Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa said the government has reached a remarkable number of milestones towards the completion of reconstruction and rehabilitation works .

The day was also observed virtually by various agencies and organizations at the federal, provincial and local levels virtually or by people adhering to health safety protocols.

The day has been observed on Magh 2 of the Nepalese calendar every year since 1919.

The days aim to make known the methods of seismic safety in memory of the 1934 earthquake of magnitude 8.1 which killed more than 9,000 people and damaged more than 200,000 buildings.

Likewise, the 7.6 magnitude earthquake of April 25, 2015, the largest earthquake after 1934, left nearly 9,000 dead and over 23,000 injured. The earthquake directly affected the lives of eight million people. At least 605,282 private and government buildings were destroyed and 288,261 houses were damaged. No less than 14 districts have been declared disaster.

The most affected districts share more than 90% of casualties and property damage nationwide.

According to the National Reconstruction Authority, it has made more than 90% progress in rebuilding private homes. Likewise, the restoration of damaged cultural and religious monuments, schools and health facilities is also underway. The total cost required for reconstruction and rehabilitation according to the five-year plan is Rs 488 billion. Of that amount, 339 billion rupees was spent through the Nepalese government and donors, NR said.

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