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Hidden Dominoes From Safety Standpoint

Domino Effect! The video may have other (HIDDEN) dominoes which must have fallen before the incident occurred. Also, these hidden dominoes may not be readily evident in this video. From the safety root-cause-analysis standpoint, think of hidden dominoes which might have given ways to cause this accident.

Gorkha Earthquake vs Tourism Sector in Nepal

….as per the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), National Planning Commission, the total damages and losses caused by the Gorkha Earthquake 2015 is NPR 706 billion (US$ 7.0 billion) which is about one third of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in FY 2013-2014.

In the aftermath of the disaster, while considering individual sectors of social and economic activity, the Housing & Human Settlements sustained about 50 percent of the damages and losses followed by the Tourism sector at 11 percent.

The environment, education, finance and agriculture sectors represent between 4-5 percent each of the total disaster effects. Compared to all the socio-economic sectors, Tourism incurred highest disaster effect in terms of losses i.e. NPR 62 billion. 

It is also important to note that out of the total damages and loses incurred by the country, the private sectors have sustained over 3 times in damages and losses (NPR 540 billion) compared to the public sectors (NPR 166 billion)

It is estimated that the overall impact will translate into a reduced number of annual tourist arrival; about 40 percent, on average, over the next 12 months, and another 20 percent reduction in the following 12 to 24 months. Likewise, the tourist spending per day will be reduced from US$ 46.4 to US$ 35, which will be a great setback for the revenue generation in coming years. The loss of tourism revenue alone is estimated to be over NPR 47 billion.

A total NPR 62.4 billion of revenue losses is estimated due to a combination of losses in tourism including air transport, trekking, tour operations, restaurant and costs of debris removal & future promotional campaigns for tourism.

Overall, the Nepalese tourism industry experienced over NPR 81 billion in damages and losses due to the catastrophic earthquake. This amount is 11% of the total cost of damages and losses incurred by the country….

(NOTE: Please click below links to see the entire research article in 3-part installments)

(Part I) The Gorkha Earthquake 2015: Economic Impact on Nepal Tourism

(Part II) The Gorkha Earthquake 2015: Economic Impact on Nepal Tourism

(Part III) The Gorkha Earthquake 2015: Economic Impact on Nepal Tourism

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Gorkha Earthquake 2015: Preparedness Lessons

Recalling the immediate moments after the major shaking of 25th April, 2015, Ms. Sita Shrestha a resident of Thankot, Chandragiri Municipality, Nepal, said “As soon as the shaking stopped, I took my son and daughter out of the house along with our Go-Bag”. She knew that Go-Bag was important but had never imagined that it could be so much useful under those chaotic circumstances.

She further added “At the time, many items out of the Go-Bag were very useful such as radio, tarpaulin, blanket, soap, Dettol, medications, torch-light, tooth pastes and even playing cards”. She was happy that playing cards kept the young boys awake in the nights which was good for the safety of the area. “This single Go Bag, I had stored, had been so useful to many of us. I thought what if everyone had their own Go Bag?” asked Sita rhetorically.

Mr. Hariman Singh Dangol, who lives nearby the renowned Nuwakot Palace in Nuwakot District, is an elderly local priest at the Bhairavi Temple close to the palace. Recalling the learnings from his old folks, Mr. Dangol actively demonstrated his earthquake-safe behavior that he applied inside the temple when the ground started shaking on that fateful day of the Gorkha Earthquake.

Mr. Manoj Tamang, a local resident of Laharepauwa VDC in Rasuwa District, mentioned that his younger brother was studying in the ground floor of a two-story house on the day of the Gorkha Earthquake. “He could run and go out but he chose to go under the bed during the earthquake; he learned this at his school” said Manoj painfully. On that day, Manoj lost his brother to the quake as the house collapsed and crushed the bed.

From Bidur Municipality-3 in Nuwakot District, Ms. Samita Dangol, a local shopkeeper, revealed her brave story and how she was able to rescue her two younger sisters even after the two-story house collapsed miserably. “The two school girls saved their lives taking shelter under the bed on the 2nd floor. This wouldn’t be possible if the bed was fragile or box-type” said Samita convincingly….

(NOTE: Please click the link below to read the entire article “’Go-Bag’ & ‘DCH’: Enough said, let’s make it right!”)

“Go-Bag” & “DCH”: Enough said, let’s make it right!

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