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NEPAL: Training schoolchildren in earthquake preparedness |

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 17, 2011

BHAKTAPUR, 17 August 2011 (IRIN) – For schoolboy Sabin Dulal knowing



what to do in the event of an earthquake is more than practical, it is life-saving.

“If there is a disaster, I can immediately help myself and those around me,” the 15-year-old said, applying a tourniquet to a fellow student’s leg. He was attending an earthquake simulation exercise outside Panchakanya Secondary School in Nepal’s Bhaktapur District, 30km outside Kathmandu.

“Now I know I can make a difference,” he said.

Sabin is one of a small, but growing number of students aged 11-16 being trained by the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) in first aid, triage, light search and rescue, and basic disaster management planning.

Undertaken in consultation with the National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), the initial one-year pilot programme launched in 2010 has already made a difference.

“Students feel empowered by this,” Santa Ram Dulal, the school’s headmaster and a Red Cross volunteer, told IRIN. “They now have real life-saving skills – skills they can then take back to their homes and communities.”

To date more than 20,000 students, teachers and residents have benefited from the effort, which has targeted 50 schools in the districts of Bhaktapur and Nuwakot.  IRIN Asia | NEPAL: Training schoolchildren in earthquake preparedness | Nepal | Education | Natural Disasters.

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NEPAL: Political impasse stalls disaster preparedness bill

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 25, 2011

KATHMANDU, 25 February 2011 (IRIN) – Protracted political wrangling in Nepal is preventing a key piece of disaster preparedness legislation from reaching parliament.

Endorsed by the cabinet in October 2009, the National Strategy for Disaster Risk Management (NSDRM) has yet to be made into law.

“The passing of this bill is critical. Without this, the country’s disaster preparedness efforts cannot move forward,” Amod Dixit, executive director of the National Society for Earthquake Technology, told IRIN in Kathmandu.

Nepal is described by the Asia Disaster Preparedness Center as one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world; according to the UN, Nepal is ranked the 11th most at-risk country in terms of earthquakes.

Disaster management currently operates under the 1982 National Calamity Act, which assigns response roles in the aftermath of a disaster to the Central Natural Disaster Relief Committee chaired by the minister of home affairs.

Under the Committee funds and resources for disaster preparedness and mitigation are limited, and while response capacity for small-scale disasters is strong, disaster risk reduction capacity remains a challenge.  Read the rest of this entry »

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