USAID to support Nepal govt to manage post-earthquake debris


Nepal Foreign Affairs

KATHMANDU Jan 14

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U. S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) officially handed over a “Kathmandu Valley Post-Earthquake Debris Management Strategic Plan” to the Nepal government.

The US aid agency officials handed over the strategic plan to Secretary at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development Somlal Subedi amid a function held in Kathmandu a special event in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

The National Society for Earthquake Technology (Nepal) believes that an earthquake of a magnitude of 8 or higher on the Richter scale would destroy or severely damage 60 to 80 percent of buildings in the Kathmandu Valley, resulting in 55 to 65 million tons of debris.

“The strategic plan provides organizational structure and standardized guidelines for the clearance, removal, staging, reduction, recycling, processing, and disposal of post-earthquake debris in an environmentally responsible manner. Nine of the total 83 open spaces in the valley are suggested as sites for debris management,” reads a press statement issued by the US embassy in Kathmandu.

Earlier in 2014, the USAID, through the International Organization for Migration, assisted the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development in preparing the Strategic Plan as part of a larger project dealing with preparedness and management of open spaces for humanitarian response in the Kathmandu Valley.

The U.S. Government supports the Government of Nepal, through preparedness, mitigation, and awareness efforts, to prevent or minimize the damage caused by disasters.

 

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