It has been almost 6 months since the Himalayan earthquake struck on September 18 2011 causing huge damages on the eastern part of Nepal but no substantial effort has been made so far to address the impact of the earthquake.
There are however several activities going on at different pockets and localities. Immediate repair and construction works are being carried on extensively locally. But the worries are whether there have been needful supports provided to BUILD BACK BETTER!
Earthquakes are natural phenomena which cannot be stopped but there are ways in which the losses can be reduced. This NSET hopes to achieve by training technicians, masons and especially the owner-builders on earthquake safe construction methods.
NSET after conducting field based intensive damage assessment works in affected areas during October 2011 have now been engaged to mobilize resources at the optimum possible extent to impart Knowledge and Skills to local people on earthquake safe construction. Under Nepal Earthquake Risk Management Program Stage II (NERMP2) supported by USAID/OFDA, NSET is putting its efforts towards building back better of the earthquake affected region.
The first phase (December-January 2012) of the program covered three pilot districts (Phidim, Paanchthar; Phungling, Taplejung and Ilam) and in the second phase (March 2012) the programs are being carried out in Khandbari- Sankhuwasabha and Myanglung-Terhathum districts of the eastern Nepal.