Being there on time for the communities
04 June 2015
My name is Hotrika Joshi and I am a national UN Volunteer Civil Engineer in Nepal. I am part of a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) demolition project which has handled the damage assessment of 250 households, benefitting approximately 1,500 people.
In the Irkhu Village Development Committee area, a thousand more buildings need to be assessed and potentially torn down within the next weeks, before the monsoon arrives. Read
Despite the hardships, this is a very enriching experience
01 July 2015
My name is Manash Gadtaula and I am a national UN Volunteer in Nepal. I serve as a civil engineer in a team of eight for the UNDP building demolitions project, as a support for the Village Development Committee. Demolition of houses can sound counter-intuitive but it is actually necessary in order to prevent further loss of lives during the aftershocks. Since the building’s structural integrity is compromised during the earthquake, even if it is still standing it is actually no longer safe to stay in it; and these buildings must be safely collapsed with the technical support of civil engineers. Read