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President Bhandari stresses on disaster risk reduction

Kathmandu, April 24: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari stressed on the need to focus on disaster risk reduction by building environment-friendly and safe physical infrastructures and disaster-resilient settlements. “We need to prioritize risk reduction as we are at high risk of natural hazards like earthquake, flood, deluge, landslides due to the geographical positioning of our country.”

In her statement issued to mark the 5th anniversary of the April 2015 earthquake, President Bhandari further said that the weak structures should be retrofitted after studying all the structures, and the construction of new structures as per the National Building Code should be taken forward as a campaign.

“A proper dealing and effective response to disaster are only possible when there is community awareness along with preparedness and efficient management and organization with regards to probable disasters,” she further said.

 

Here’s the full text of President Bhandari’s message:

In the memory of all who lost their lives to the devastating earthquake of 25 April 2015 with its epicenter at Barpak of Gorkha district and its subsequent aftershocks, I would like to express my deepest condolences. I also wish for better lives for those who were injured and still facing problems after being disabled.

We have been able to do exemplary works in rescue, relief, and rehabilitation of the earthquake-affected and the reconstruction of damaged structures. We had come together to provide consolation to hundreds of thousands of people who had lost their homes or were in fear and panic due to constant aftershocks. We should maintain our wonderful tradition of joining our helping hands during crises. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who supported directly or indirectly, working day and night regardless of the hardships,  during the crisis caused by the natural disaster.

The Government of Nepal has moved forward the works related to the reconstruction of physical structures damaged by the earthquake and rehabilitation of the affected people, by establishing the National Reconstruction Authority. At the moment, almost two hundred thousand private houses are under the reconstruction process, while the reconstruction of approximately five hundred thousand private houses has already been completed. Similarly, there have been significant achievements in the reconstruction of educational institutions, health institutions, heritages listed as the World Heritage, and also in the reconstruction of other cultural heritages, bridges, roads, drinking water supply systems, government buildings, and the buildings of security agencies. In this context, I would like to thank all those who supported and were involved in the reconstruction and rehabilitation works.

We are at high risk of natural hazards like earthquake, flood, deluge, landslides due to the geographical positioning of our country. Considering this sensitive situation, disaster risk reduction must be prioritized by building environment-friendly and safe physical infrastructures and disaster-resilient settlements. The weak structures should be retrofitted after studying all the structures, and the construction of new structures as per the National Building Code should be taken forward as a campaign. I would like to draw the attention of concerned authorities in this matter.

A proper dealing and effective response to disaster are only possible when there is community awareness along with preparedness and efficient management and organization with regards to probable disasters. I believe that the learnings from post-earthquake rescue, relief, reconstruction, and rehabilitation will contribute to taking forward the campaign of safer Nepal and in minimizing the damages that might be caused by disasters in the future.

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