Building Material Selection and Use - An Environmental Guide
Posted on 29 November 2016Two massive earthquakes that hit Nepal on 25 April and 12 May, 2015 caused far-reaching social, economic and environmental damage. Thirty-one of the country’s 75 districts were affected leaving over 8,790 deaths and 22,300 people injured. A total of 498,852 houses were categorized as fully collapsed or damaged beyond repair and 256,697 partly damaged. The earthquakes triggered thousands of landslides that destroyed 2.2% of forest cover in six affected districts (National Planning Commission 2015). Material demand to rebuild half a million destroyed houses and other infrastructure will put much additional pressure on Nepal’s already stressed natural resources.