Nepal Earthquake And its Impact

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On the April 25th, 2015, Nepal was struck with 8.1 Rechter Scale destructive Earthquake at mid-day. On the other hand, on 11th of June, 8786 people were killed while 22303 were severely injured. Several highly value properties were destroyed by the earthquake. More than 16000 lost their lives. Over 6 lakh families lost their homes. More than 20,000 got injured. Net loss of economy was over 7 Trillion. What is the situation of renovations and tourism a year from the destructive earthquake.

Earthquake of 1987 killed 721 people. On April 25, 2015, 7.6 Rt. Scale earthquake hit with epicenter at Gorkha. 9000 folks died, according to PDN report created by National Planning Commission.

Not only Nepalese citizens, but foreign nationals also lost their lives in this earthquake. The government statistics show that tourist flow decreased by over 72% after the 2015 Earthquake. Tourist flow that was beginning to grow after the earthquake of Baisakh 12, 13 & 29 began receding once again after the Indian blockade and Terai-Madhesh revolution.

Terai-Madhesh revolution that began after the new constitution was drafted and the petroleum shortage due to the Indian Economic Blockade caused a great damage to the tourism industry. Ordinary folks haven't been able to cook their food or use mass-transportation while the nation's major income source tourism industry has been hurt badly.

The havoc caused by an earthquake a year back hasn't been properly sized up yet. Victims are still lying under the temporary shades. The fear of the earthquake tremors haven't left the heart of many Nepalese. After-tremors haven't stopped. None have forgotten the pain caused by earthquake.

Hundreds were injured. Among them, at least 100 are regularly visiting hospital for check-up. Earthquake of Baisakh 12 caused many unborn children to lose their fathers while many wives their newly-wed husbands. Many have lost their hands while many more still have iron rods within their legs. Many have taken to beds after the spinal cord ceased to support them.

After many deaths of foreign nationals in the earthquake, new tourists planning to visit canceled their tickets. Besides, after those residing in the country shortened their stay, tourism industry began suffering. Even though, earthquake didn't directly hit Pokhara, tourism industry of Pokhara was greatly hampered. In the world statistics, Nepal ranks as the 11th most dangerous country in terms of earthquake hazard. Nepalese geological structures are considered to be very weak. Regular small scale earthquakes continue to weaken Nepal's geo-structure.

Not only Nepalese citizens, but foreign nationals also lost their lives in this earthquake. The government statistics show that tourist flow decreased by over 72% after the 2015 Earthquake. Tourist flow that was beginning to grow after the earthquake of Baisakh 12, 13 & 29 began receding once again after the Indian blockade and Terai-Madhesh revolution.

According to the bureau's statistics, weak rock structures in the area have increased the chances of earthquake hazards. 1990's earthquake of 8.3 Riechter Scale had its center at Sankhuwashabha. At that moment, 8519 persons were killed while 200 Km area was destroyed. Great numbers of lives and properties were destroyed.

Terai-Madhesh revolution that began after the new constitution was drafted and the petroleum shortage due to the Indian Economic Blockade caused a great damage to the tourism industry. Ordinary folks haven't been able to cook their food or use mass-transportation while the nation's major income source tourism industry has been hurt badly.

Earthquake of 1987 killed 721 people. On April 25, 2015, 7.6 Rt. Scale earthquake hit with epicenter at Gorkha. 9000 folks died, according to PDN report created by National Planning Commission. Despite the fact that government declared 14 districts as highly affected areas, no arrangements of residence have been made for them even after a year. Victims of earthquake have had to live a very difficult life because of the delay in renovation work.

Many of Nepal's tourist towns are vacant these days. There's a negative impression upon many tourists because of the impact of earthquake upon Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan area. Despite the fact that Nepal obtained tremendous support from the international community for the rebuilding process, it hasn't been able to channel it towards constructive ends. What can one expect from an incompetent government like this?

The Earthquake has wrought a major havoc throughout Nepal thus also creating an extra-ordinary opportunity to recreate and rebuild infractructures. Most of the old architectures have today vanished, which represented the ancient age and dynasties. Now is a time to recreate and rebuild by utilizing all the sciences Nepalese people have acquired from Europe, Australia and America. Government of Nepal has a great opportunity to enrich itself by creating an environment where all the talented Nepalese across the world can go back and invest themselves in their country of birth.