17 Jan 2012
Nepal commemorates the 14th National Earthquake Safety Day
Each year Nepal commemorates the anniversary of Great Nepal-Bihar earthquake of 1934 with a coordinated set of activities to promote earthquake safety and create awareness about disaster preparedness and risk reduction. The theme of this year’s event was—
“Earthquakes are unpredictable and deadly, let’s work together to save lives and property.”
On 16 January, the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai kicked off an event at a rally followed by several other events throughout the week to mark the Earthquake Safety day.
“There is no other alternative on earthquake risk reduction than to build earthquake resistant buildings and infrastructures,” said Prime Minister Bhattarai.
UNDP Disaster Risk Management project actively participated in the activities as well as provided financial support to organise some of the important events.
The key events were: NationalSymposium on Experiences in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response (12 – 13 January), Earthquake Memorial Meeting (16 Jan), Earthquake Safety Rally (16 Jan), Shake Table Demonstration (18 Jan), Earthquake Safety Exhibition (16-19 Jan), Street Drama (19 Jan) and Earthquake Safety Walkathon (21 Jan) and Art Exhibition: Shocks and Reverberations (27 Jan–3 Feb).
“UNDP stands by the Government of Nepal and Nepalese people by providing technical support and building capacity of the people to reduce risks and become more prepared to face the disasters,” said Shoko Noda, UNDP’s Country Director, addressing the earthquake day inauguration.
‘Earthquake Safety Days’ have been instrumental in bringing all the actors together. January 16 was observed with active participation from all the stakeholders especially the government, national and international non-government organizations, bilateral and multi-lateral donor agencies, local institutions, private entrepreneurs, academia, professionals including the general public.