RAKESH KATWAL

site manager, Architecture & Développement, Jagaran Nepal

1989

Népalais

Retrofitting Rural Houses, 2015

Civil and Rural Engineer, 2014

Diploma in Civil Engineering, 2008

In which extent are you facing major risks?

    From April 2015, most of the people from world heard about the Earthquake of Nepal and yes, Nepal is in earthquake prone zone. Because of very differing topography, we have very low elevation to the highest peak lies in the very short distance from South to North.

    As the topography changes we have different risks lies with in every 100 km. In low elevation we have risk of flood to going to north we have risk of landslide, rock falling.

    Nepal has big rivers in southern part which flows from north yearly goes violent with massive flood, landslide on hills in monsoon and similarly avalanche in mountain regions.

Do you work with other major risks professionals?

    I have worked on debris management, landslide clearing, and road slope stabilization, etc. After the earthquake in 2015, I have given my professional experience to the community who required technical assistance and awareness about the major risk, work on different training for Local Mason and community about the reconstruction and risk management.

    Rural areas are isolated from the cities in terms of road connectivity and communication. People don’t have knowledge of the risk due to natural disaster and have wrong practice of construction as well. There are some villages which are even not connected by road : you need to walk for 2 or 3 days to reach them. In these regions I found working on disaster risk management  very difficult and also hard to supply material.

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