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Surviving the 2015 Nepal Earthquake and Its Aftermath

Surviving the 2015 Nepal Earthquake and Its Aftermath
Hosted by: Dr Jeevan Sharma # University of Edinburgh; Hosted by: Professor Ian Harper # University of Edinburgh
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21st Sep 2015 16:45 - 21st Sep 2015 18:15
Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre, Doorway 1, Medical School, Teviot Place

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Nepal on Saturday, 25 April and 12 May 2015 resulted in 8,844 lives and 22,300 injuries. Assessment shows that a total of 446 public health facilities and 16 private health facilities were completely destroyed. Schools in the affected districts have been damaged leaving pupils out of school, which could have a long lasting impact on enrolment, attendance and internal efficiency, leading to an increase in the number of children out of school. Half a million houses were destroyed and a quarter million houses were partially damaged. Preliminary assessments suggest that the earthquake was ‘classed’, which disproportionately affected the poorer and those in rural locations.
Social Science Baha, a research organisation in Nepal, is undertaking a study to understand how households, both migrants and non-migrants, continue to cope with the Earthquake and its effects after the Earthquake. Researchers from Social Science Baha (Dr Bandita Sijapati, Dr Jeevan Baniya and Mr Deepak Thapa) will present findings from the preliminary assessment conducted in the immediate aftermath of the Earthquake in four districts of Nepal, and will also present further research that is being planned in collaboration with the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.

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