Notes from the ground

The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Professor Jonathan Rigg from the Department of Geography at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, as well as Ms Hanna Ruszczyk, and Ms Katie Oven, who are from Durham University in the United Kingdom. The authors shared their ground observations of Nepal’s earthquake preparedness during their visit to the country before the major earthquake occurred on 25 April 2015. They also shared email excerpts containing observations of the ground situation after the earthquake. The authors opined that even following this earthquake, there will be many who will see Nepal’s major challenges as developmental and that integrating disaster preparedness into the mainstream of government and development work will only be slightly easier than it was before the earthquake.

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