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Earthquake Safety Day: Stress on construction of earthquake-resilient structures

Bhaktapur, January 15: The 23rd National Earthquake Safety Day was observed amidst a function here today. The speakers at the function stressed on constructing earthquake-resilient structures, as it is the physical structures that cause loss of lives.

At the function held in Bode of Madhyapur Thimi Muncipality, speakers also stressed on preparing ourselves to deal with disasters besides constructing earthquake-resilient structures.

The Earthquake Safety Day is organized every year to create awareness on various aspects of earthquake and encourage people to be prepared and build earthquake-resilient structures. This year’s theme was “Earthquake safety during multi-hazard disasters; Protection of lives and property together.”

Addressing the function, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa stressed on the need to build strong structures as per the building code. “We can reduce the losses in case of disasters by building earthquake-resilient structures.”

Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) informed that the private houses, schools, health institutions, cultural heritages and public buildings damaged in the April 2015 earthquake have been reconstructed stronger and in a sustainable manner.

The reconstruction efforts of the government, that began on January 15 five years ago, will be a important lessons learnt to build earthquake-resilient structures to safe people’s lives in case of earthquakes, CEO Gyewali said.

Chief Executive of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) Anil Pokharel stressed on the need to focus on awareness and preparations to minimize the impact of multi-hazard disasters, including earthquake risks.

A two-day national symposium and digital display to highlight earthquake safety have been organized to mark the Earthquake Safety Day.   ​​​​​​​

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