Nepal: Earthquake recovery and disaster risk reduction in Eastern Nepal

A 13-month programme aimed to support the recovery and retrofitting of selected community infrastructure, capacity for construction and development of earthquake resilient buildings and raise awareness following the 2011 earthquake in Nepal.

In September 2011 an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter magnitude scale affected the eastern region of Nepal causing extensive damage in four districts including Bhojpur, Khotang, Tehrathum and Sankhuwasabha.

Following this, the Department for International Development (DFID) aimed to increase resilience to climate change and natural disasters in Nepal by establishing the Earthquake Recovery and Disaster Risk Reduction (ERDRR) project.

The programme was designed to aid these four districts to recover from the earthquake and improve their resilience to future disasters.

IMC, in partnership with the National Society for Earthquake Technology, was contracted by DFID to assist with the recovery and retrofitting of selected community infrastructure, raise awareness and increase the capacity for construction and development of earthquake resilient buildings.

The DFID-funded project supported the recovery and retrofitting of selected schools, health posts and other public infrastructure damaged during the earthquake.

Support to an extensive capacity building programme to help communities be better prepared for future earthquakes was established.

IMC Worldwide was responsible for the design and implementation of the ERDRR project through the existing Rural Access Programme (RAP), which IMC has managed in Nepal since 1999.

IMC is providing the following services:

  • Reconstruct, repair and retrofit selected community infrastructure including schools, health centres, public administration buildings, water supply and sanitation, irrigation systems in eastern RAP districts.
  • Build local capacity for construction and retrofitting of earthquake resilient buildings, including technical training and practical demonstrations for district technical office staff, local masons, construction contractors and user groups in vulnerability assessments, earthquake resilient design and construction standards.
  • Raise awareness and provide training in relation to earthquake preparedness and disaster risk management and planning, specifically actions to take during and immediately after an earthquake and how to cope with the
  • Ensure communities are aware of the Government compensation entitlements and how to claim them.
  • Provide additional supplies to villages for earthquake preparedness, for example first aid kits and basic medical supplies for typical earthquake injuries and tools and equipment for search and rescue if not available locally.
Region
Project Name

Earthquake recovery and disaster risk reduction in Eastern Nepal

project status

February 2012 - March 2013

Client

UK Department for International Development (DFID)

contact person

Suraj Rana

Regional Director, Asia

suraj.rana@imcworldwide.com
last updated

August 31, 2018