Nepal Centre for Disaster Management

Protecting Livelihood : Reinforcing the structural integrity of foundations.

Ensuring Safety : Providing families and community safe solutions.

Generating Ideas : Delivering practical and feasible advice to affected regions.

Natural Disaster Facts

Notable Earthquakes

Notable Floods

Notable Avalanches

Notable Droughts

NCDM Central Office

Pulchowk, Lalitpur, Nepal

opposite the UN Building

G.P.O. Box 4058

Telephone: 977-1-4301919

Phone: 977-9851073456

Email: meen.chhetri@yahoo.com

Works Carried Out by NCDM

NCDM has successfully completed several projects of national importance. A few of the major activities are listed below:

Existing Government and Municipal Policies on Earthquake Risk Reduction, Response, and Preparedness

This project was implemented by the Ministry of Physical Planning and works with the support of UNDP Nepal. The objective was to make a study of existing Government and Municipal Policies and make recommendations of necessary policies for earthquake risk reduction. municipalities like Biratnagar, Hetauda, Pokhara, Surkhet, Nepalgunj, and Surkhet were visited for necessary recommendations.

Flood and Landslide Response-Training and On-The-Site Damage/Needs Assessment

This program was completed in March 2008 under the funding of the UNDP, which focused on training Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) volunteers and district level technicians for damage and needs assessment in disaster prone districts of mid and far-west Nepal in Banke, Bardia, and Kailali districts. The main objective of the program was to train these persons in assessing damage and needs in their respective areas. They were trained to prepare reports on damage of physical infrastructure and needs for their recovery. Based on the reports prepared during the training reconstruction work has already been initiated.

Flood and Landslide Response – Damage and Need Assessment

This program was completed in December 2007 under the funding of the UNDP. It focused on carrying out damage and need assessment in the three districts, namely Achham, Banke & Bardiya. The main objective of the program was to carry out some development works, which would help to the disaster victims of this area. Construction of two school, one suspension bridge and diversion of one rivulet to a river were carried out.

Emergency Preparedness Plan for UNDP Nepal

This plan was prepared for the UNDP Nepal which focused on preparedness and response with respect to disasters in general and earthquake in particular. Its objectives were to review the existing disaster response preparedness plan of UNDP, and to prepare a practical and operational response plan. Under the project software and hardware needed for the management of disasters were identified and the roles by the national and the international actors were also clearly assigned.

National Workshops on Pre-Monsoon Disaster Preparedness

NCDM initiated this workshop in 2003 and continues to conduct it every year in advance of the monsoon period. A total of five workshops have been conducted so far. This workshop is an important annual event and is well attended by most Government and non-government institutions, stakeholders, and individuals working in the field of disaster management. Several I/NGOs and the Government agencies support in organizing this program. This workshop has activated the existing central and district level key agencies of government and NGOs and other stakeholders well in advance of the monsoon season towards preparedness. This workshop is now being regularly conducted also at the district level by many district administrations.

Improvement of Governance on Disaster Management

The Enabling State Program-ESP/DFID, UK funded project was successfully completed in 2004. The study showed that the coping capacity of a community could be substantially improved if carried out in a planned manner. Matatirtha Village in Kathmandu Valley was selected as model site where a debris flow in June 2002 had killed 16 people and damaged properties and infrastructures.

Mid-Term Review Of Disaster Preparedness and Response Program

Save the Children US is executing a Disaster Preparedness and Response Program targeted to the conflict affected districts of Nepal. NCDM carried out the Mid-term review of this project implemented in Dolpa, Achham, Humla, and Kalikot districts lying in the far western and western regions of the country.

Design of Safe Shelter Houses in Maldives

NCDM carried out this project under the invitation of UNDP, Maldives. The objective of the Project was to survey and evaluate twenty islands, and design, make cost estimate and prepare tender documents for the construction of the shelter houses. The project was completed in 2006.

Tsunami Impact Assessment

A NCDM member visited Thailand, Sri Lanka and Maldives to evaluate environment impact and consequences of the Indian Ocean Tsunami of Dec. 2004 in collaboration with the School of Civil Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok.

Preparation of National Report

NDM contributed significantly in preparing the national Report on 'Disaster Rick Reduction and Management in Nepal', which was submitted to the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, Kobe, Japan, 2005.

Drafting Of Act and National Policy Document

Presently Nepal lacks a comprehensive National Policy and Act on disaster risk reduction. NCDM in collaboration with OXFAM GB Nepal drafter an Act on disaster management and submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs for enactment. Similarly the draft National Policy was also submitted to the National Planning Commission.

Preparedness of Emergency Preparedness Plan

NCDM has prepared an Emergency Preparedness Plan for CARE Nepal International. The plan is under active operation.

Appropriation of Emergency Preparedness Plan

Oxfam GB Nepal had prepared a General Emergency Preparedness Plan and needed to be elaborated and appropriated to the situations in Nepal. NCDM prepared a new plan and is under operation at the present.

Workshop on Pre-Fire Disaster Preparedness

In April 2007 NCDM organized the first pre-Fire Disaster Preparedness workshop in Kapilbastu District headquarters. Disaster preparedness-network (DPNet) and Oxfam GB supported the programme. The main objective of the workshop was to make aware the government and non-government agencies as well as the civic society of the district to address the issues of fire disasters beforehand.

Development of Fire-Resistant Thatch-Roofing Technology

NCDM in collaboration with Centre for Disaster Studies, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University has developed technology for fire-resistant thatch-roofing. It is a simple technology, which consists of laying thin mud-plaster over the thatched-roof and cover by weather resistant Sylpauline plastic sheet. The treated roof does not catch fire. This technology has been demonstrated in several districts in Nepal.

Retrofitting Of Stone Masonry Houses

A large population of Nepal lives in stone masonry buildings that are highly vulnerable to earthquakes. NCDM in collaboration with Centre for Disaster Studies, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University has developed a cost-effective retrofitting technique for this kind of building. This technology can also be replicated in other parts of the world with similar buildings. It has already been demonstrated in five districts of Nepal by mobilizing the students of the Institute of Engineering.

Converting Vulnerable City Core Buildings into Earthquake Resistant Housing Complex

NCDM in collaboration with Centre for Disaster Studies, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University has proved the economic viability of converting old city core area of Kathmandu valley into an earthquake resistant housing complex. The proposed project not only provides safe housing to residents of the area but also helps to preserve the cultural heritage as well as guarantees the good return of the investment.

Public Awareness Program

NCDM regularly organized public awareness lectures by its members in schools, communities, and other institutions.

Protecting Livelihood.

Generating Ideas.

Ensuring Safety.

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