2015 Earthquake Memories
PPRAGATI Project aims to promote resilient and sustainable urban growth through DRR capacity building of local authorities and active involvement of the private sector and local population. It will focus on two urban Municipalities: Changunarayan and Shankharapur in Kathmandu Valley.
Shankharapur is a municipality in the Central development region of Kathmandu District in the Bagmati Zone of Nepal. The new municipality with 9 wards was formed by merging six existing villages; Bajrayogini, Indrayani, Lapsiphedi, Nanghlebhari, Pukhulachhi and Suntol on 02 Dec 2014. Shankharapur municipality covers 57 square kilometer area and has 28875 population among which 14727 are female and 14148 are male.
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90% of 7,037 households affected
There were 98 deaths and 196 injury during the earthquake of 2015.
Shree Bhagyodaya Higher Secondary School, Shankharapur
Shri Bhagyodaya Higher Secondary School was established around 2047 BS. Mr. Lakash Shrestha has been working in this school for 25 years now as the principal. The school operates from nursery to undergraduate level. There are 784 students studying from grade nursery to grade 10, around 100 in high school and total 100 in the Bachelor's level.
The earthquake of 2072 did not have impact in the physical infrastructure, but there was huge impact on the social and psychological aspect to the children of the community. The disaster resulted in death of two students, but around 90% of the children were victims and traumatized.
Commencing school after the earthquake was another major challenge, as most of the houses in the community was destroyed, hampering the economic development of the community. For the sustainability of the school, only 50% of school fee was charged from the children. The school managed to build temporary learning centres with its own fund and most of the time, the children were engaged in counselling and games.
Bajrayogini temple is situated at Shankharapur Municipality. The temple was built around sixteenth century and is significant to both Hindus and Buddhist. The temple was marked unsafe after the mega earthquake of 2015. It is under the renovation process. Mr. Bajracharya , priest of the temple was inside the temple when the earthquake triggered. The temple is in the full phase of reconstruction done by the government.
Nick moved from Australia in 2015 after earthquake. In order to create jobs for the youths and help nepal for reconstruction and his experience in construction, he came with an idea of Interlocking construction. Interlock is an eco-friendly product, and is made using the natural resources. In the earthquake belt countries like nepal it can be used to build earthquake resistant infrastructure in minimum cost. It can also provide employment to the locals.
Sushma Memorial Hospital
Sushma Memorial Hospital is well known for plastic and reconstructive surgery. It was saturday April 25, 2015 and when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, the hospital was not at all ready for the calamity. Dr.Jasman Shakya, one of the director of Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital is very proud that the team available was able to respond so quickly to the earthquake. The hospital did not bear any physical damage to the earthquake. The hospital managed some spaces outdoor & in the garage for the treatment.
Cross Cutting Issues
Mr. Thapa is a finance officer of water supply corporation since the establishment in 2062 B.S. It has provided drinking water facility since then.The water supply has remained undisturbed despite the earthquake. However, the water reservoir of other area has minor crack.