Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Workshop on Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan Framework (DPRP)

Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan Framework (DPRP) for an Emergency Due to a Major Earthquake in Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City, Nepal
A workshop on “Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan Framework for an Emergency Due to a Major Earthquake in Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City” under the project Disaster Preparedness Response Plan Framework (DPRP) for Safe Drinking Water in Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City, Nepal, was organized jointly by National Society for Earthquake Technology Nepal (NSET), Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City (LSMC) and United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at Hotel de l’ Annapurna on 30th August 2007. The main objective of the workshop was to present and revise the draft DPRF developed previously under the DPRP project.

The workshop started at around 9:30 am with the opening ceremony chaired by Mr. Krishna Prasad Devkota, Executive Officer, Lalitpur SubMetropolitian City (LSMC). The other dignitaries present were Mr. Hari Ram Koirala, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Works (MPPW) as Chief Guest, Ms. Gillian Mellsop, representative from UNICEF, and Mr. Purushottam Dongol, Deputy Director General, Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC).

In the ceremony Mr. Madhav Pahari, Project Officer, UNICEF, welcomed all the participants and highlighted the objectives of the workshop. It was followed by a speech from Mr. Hari Ram Koirala who urged participants representing from various organizations, departments, institutions, donors and Nepal Government to work together and focus more on the implementation of the framework. Ms. Gillian Mellsop, in her speech highlighted that the framework of LSMC would be a model for other municipalities in Nepal. She was delighted with the coming up of such framework for LSMC and preparedness for safe water to Lalitpur during an earthquake disaster. The closing remark was given by Mr. Krishna Prasad Devkota, in his remark he said that he hopes the framework will be practical, and requested all the participants for their contribution for its improvement.

The opening ceremony was followed by technical session starting with a presentation jointly by Mr. Ganesh Kumar Jimee, Project Manager, DPRP, NSET and Mr. Mahadav Pahari, Project Officer, UNICEF on Earthquake Scenario of Kathmandu Valley-Lalitpur and the progress made so far under the project. This presentation was followed by a presentation by Mr. Niyam Maharjan, Head, Earthquake Safety Section, LSMC on draft disaster preparedness and response framework (DPRF) for Lalitpur. At the end of the session a short discussion was made on the presentations.

The technical session was followed by a group discussion on the Draft of Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan Framework (DPRF) facilitated by Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha, Deputy Executive Director, NSET. For the group work participants were divided in four groups:

Gruop 1. Health
Gruop 2. Water & Sanitation and Infrastructure (Power, Roads)
Gruop 3. Assessment, Security, Search & Rescue, Coordination and Logistics
Gruop 4. Relief (shelter/food/nonfood)

Each group was provided with draft DPRF and was asked to make comments/improvements on it. As requested, each group leader presented their comments and suggestions.

After the group work and presentations by each group, clarification and consensus on DPRF was made by Mr. Amod Mani Dixit, Executive Director, NSET. He also assured that all the comments and suggestions made by the groups will be considered for finalizing the DPRF and will be presented in a final workshop of DPRP.

Finally the workshop ended with the closing remarks from Mr. Amod Mani Dixit, Executive Director, NSET and Mr. Krishna Prasad Devkota, Executive Officer, LSMC.
The workshop was a successful event with the active participation of more than 70 participants.

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