Russian team assessing earth quake-hit buildings

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Russian team assessing earth quake-hit buildings

May 3, 2015-

A highly qualified team of specialists from Russia has started assessing the condition of buildings which were affected by the Great Quake and its aftershock in Kathmandu. The team belonging to the Ministry of Emergency Situation of Russia (EMERCOM) has so far checked around half a dozen buildings in Sitapaila, Kathmandu along with several other places in the Capital.

“We use four sensors in different parts of a building, collect data using special programme and analyse the condition of the building,” said Vladislav Shchagrikavich, press officer of EMERCOM. “We measure wave through sensors and find out the building’s condition.” Mobile Diagnostic Complex ‘Struna’, a modern equipment used in the process is designed to evaluate the stability and residual resource of buildings. The sensor produces information regarding the level of earthquake jolt and if a particular building can withstand it. 

According to Shchagrikavich, it takes almost a day for conducting the test and a few days for acquiring detail report. Buildings are classified under two categories—safe and unsafe-- and the team also gives recommendations on what to do next with the building.

The EMERCOM team headed by Romanov Alexander includes around 100 specialists who had landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport on April 29 through two IL 76 aircraft. The aircraft had lifted four specialised vehicles also featuring fire brigade, six trained dogs capable of conducting rescue operation, hydraulic equipments that can pierce pillar and beam. A rescue team is active in Dhading and is working together with their Chinese counterparts. 

Shchagrikavich said the team is capable of conducting rescue operation as well as building assessment as soon as they receive a go ahead from the concerned stakeholders. So far, the team has already accessed the buildings of Russian Embassy, Russian Culture Centre and Sushila Art Academy among others. 

“We can start up with the work once people and institutions notify about the condition of their buildings,” he said, adding that their first priority is rescue operations followed by building assessment. 

The team has already held their assessment programmes in countries such as Turkey and Iran, apart from Russia. The Russian team has been certified by International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG).  

 

‘HAMI’ to coordinate relief distribution

KATHMANDU: The devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake of April 25 has killed more than 7,000 people and left over 14,000 injured, while rendering thousands homeless. At this moment of national crisis, people from all over the world are queuing up to extend their support for relief and rehabilitation works.

We, however, are unsure of the necessities of the victims scattered across the quake-hit districts, mostly in remote villages. We hear stories of being unable to supply the necessary relief materials to the victims. It is equally difficult for those willing to extend support for the right channel to provide help and the identification of actual victims remain unclear. With this, we have not seen the best coordination among those willing to help and those in need.

To tackle the hardships faced in coordinating relief operations, Kantipur Media Group (KMG) has launched a platform called HAMI. By logging onto hami.ekantipur.com, people requiring assistance can put in information about their necessities while those willing to distribute relief packages can also put their information on the site. So far, we have more than 200 people uploading their information. (PR)

Published: 04-05-2015 09:44

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