ETH Zurich organized the conference “Safe Infrastructures for Resilient Communities in Nepal” to present the findings of an 18-month long project conducted to gather the data on and quantify the resilience of civil infrastructure systems in Kathmandu and Nepal during the 2015 Gorkha earthquake event. We focused on the electrical power supply, water distribution and telecommunication infrastructure systems as well as on the residential building inventory. We used the newly developed Re-CoDeS framework to model the evolution of the supply and demand in these civil infrastructure systems over a period about one year after the 2015 earthquake.
Based on our findings, we initiated a discussion among the earthquake safety practitioners in Nepal and came to a commonly agreed set of conclusions on how best to act now so that the civil infrastructure systems of Kathmandu and Nepal will be more resilient in future earthquakes.
We gratefully acknowledge the funding for this project provided by CODEV, the Cooperation and Development Center of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. We are most thankful for the help and collaboration provided by our colleagues in the National Society for Earthquake Technology - Nepal (NSET), the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition – Nepal (ISET-N) and numerous engineers and experts in the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS), the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL), the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), the Nepal Engineers’ Association (NEA) and numerous other governmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations.
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