Earthquake Impact: Brick Industries in Nepal

As per FNBI (Federation of Nepal Brick Industries) estimation there are a total of 850 registered brick industries in Nepal. Around 108 brick factories residing inside Kathmandu valley produced around 430 million bricks while nearly 3 billion bricks were produced by 742 brick industries outside the valley. The total estimated annual production capacity was around 3.4 billion bricks before the earthquake. Please see Table 1.

Table 1. Brick industries and their production capacity in Nepal

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After the Gorkha Earthquake, there were 2 recorded fatalities and 6 injuries in brick factories all over the nation. Extensive major and minor damages to chimneys, kilns and green bricks were recorded in factories throughout the nation. The total damage loss was estimated to be NPR 1,126,111,700. Please refer the Table 2 below for a detailed earthquake damage loss estimation of brick industries in Nepal.

Table 2. Earthquake damage loss estimation of brick industries in Nepal (Source: FNBI)

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Brick Industries in Nepal: Before and after the Gorkha Earthquake 2015 

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Emergency Preparedness & Response (EPR) Planning for Business Organizations

Although an EPR planning seeks inputs from various layers of management within an organization, the leadership of top level management is critical for its successful implementation. First off, business managers should sincerely set their organization-level resilience objective and scope while formulating their contingency plan. She/he could start with a basic understanding of the EPR planning activities and later move ahead with an easy-to-follow steps to develop her/his own customized EPR plan.

At times, developing an effective Emergency Preparedness & Response plan can be a very challenging, time-consuming as well as cumbersome task for organizations. Thus, it is important to grasp the overall picture by first breaking it down into simple steps to follow. For the ease of understanding below we’ve divided the EPR planning into 5 major steps.

Step 1 – Committing to EPR planning

Step 2 – Conducting a thorough assessment of hazards/ vulnerabilities in and around the facility

Step 3 – Developing an emergency response plan

Step 4 – Implementing emergency response plan

Step 5 – Helping communities prepare for and respond to emergencies

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EPR planning in Nepal: How relevant today?

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Environmental Sustainability, Evolution and Natural Selection

Environmental conservation and its sustainability have been increasingly important issue throughout the world. The ecology friendly environment is one of the burning needs of today’s world if we want to sustain the human species and the quality of living on this planet. Although the effects of the human on the environment may not be clearly seen in day to day life, the accumulated impact over the time is quite evident. The ozone layer depletion, rapidly changing weather patterns and rising earth’s temperature are some of the obvious negative impacts caused by humanity.

Conservation of ecological system comes hand in hand with environmental sustainability. There are numerous known and unknown factors which help preserve a sound ecological system of which we human are just a small part. Every part of the ecosystem is equally important for every species in it to live and thrive in harmony, call it environment if you will. The process of evolution supports the fact that the environmental disruption may drive species to extinction. Humans could be responsible for the extinction of the most of the world’s mammals around 14,000 years ago.

Could the Homo-sapiens be responsible for the extinction of twelve other human species which coexisted around the same time?

Likewise, plenty of evidence from the past explains that humans had great impact on environment since the dawn of modern civilization. European colonialism and imperialism caused impacts by treating the nature as mere exploitable resource all around the world. In more recent times, the environment has been greatly affected by the rise of industrialization, with very little sense of nature conservation, sustainable growth and ecological harmony.

Although, the theory of evolution argues that only the fittest can survive in this competitive world, it should not be forgotten that, the competitive world includes nature as well and also for the evolution to take place we should let the environment make the natural selection and not the other way round. We, as conscious, sane and sensible human beings, should highly avoid intervening with the environment and its natural harmony by spreading pesticides, herbicides, chemical wastes and pollutants.

We might be the fittest species on the face of the planet but that surely does not give us right to disrupt the ecological cycles, prevailing here for millennia. Threatening environmental harmony might drive us towards extinction for the nature might choose not to select us after all.

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