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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal

Posted by Anup Baral December 31, 2016 :
The earthquake that hit Nepal on 25th April 2015 was the biggest in eighty years. It killed around 9,000 people and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Entire villages were flattened and aftershocks continued for months after the major earthquake – meaning that communities were unable to start rebuilding their homes and lives. Following the major earthquake, Practical Action distributed emergency relief, including hygiene kits, water purifiers, food packages, shelter and access to energy. We then helped to construct temporary shelters, renovated and repaired drinking water systems, and repaired and improved footpaths.Nepal has a history of destructive earthquakes. The region’s seismic record, dating back to 1255, indicates that such earthquakes occur approximately every seventy-five years. The last major earthquake occurred in 1934. This event, known as the Nepal-Bihar earthquake, is thought to have caused approximately 10,600 fatalities in the region. A quarter of Kathmandu’s homes were destroyed. The government did not control Kathmandu’s Valley’s rapid reconstruction. In the absence of any building code, nearly all development took place without consideration of seismic force concerns.

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.