Govt team collecting quake damage details

Dhading, February 20

Albeit late, government teams comprising engineers are reaching out earthquake ravaged villages to collect the details of the damage wrought by the devastating earthquake last year, in Dhading.

Central Department of Statistics acting under the directives of Reconstruction Authority has deployed engineers’ teams in quake affected 11 districts after the donors, who had earlier pledged financial support for the reconstruction of the quake ravaged structures sought official data of the damage.

Thirty-nine engineers have been deployed to 14 VDCs of Dhading who are accompanied by social mobilisers and office assistants of the concerned VDCs. The visiting teams will study the condition of the housing structures and collect the economic, social and demographic records of the households. According to the Quake Affected Residence Reconstruction Details Collection Programme 2072 Dhading, Chief Shiva Shrestha, the collected details shall be sent to the centre.

“Once the data is collected, it will be sent directly to the server of the Department of Statistics in Singhadurbar via internet from the tablet computers given to the engineers,” said Shrestha, adding, “As per our plan, the data collection in the district shall be over in two months’ time and for that 185 engineers will be deployed.”

Speaking about the campaign, Shrestha hoped that the collected data won’t only be the basis for the reconstruction but also serve to update the economic, social and family-related details.

The data collection, which has started with the support of the World Bank and other donors, is said to be safe and confidential. As per the sources of the central department of statistics, only the government of Nepal shall have the rights to see and use the data.

Regarding the technical manpower, Health Research and Social Development Forum has made necessary arrangements for deployment of technical manpower.