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Interaction- "Low-cost technologies for ‘Landslide Risk Reduction"’

  May 06, 2021

The program entitled “Low cost Technologies for Landslide Risk Reduction” was organized by Disaster Preparedness Network- Nepal (DPNet) in collaboration with Shree Swanra Integrated Community Development Center (SSICDC) and Care Nepal on 7th April 2021 in Indreni Foodland, Kathmandu. The program was conducted on Chairmanship of Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa, Chairperson of DPNet, Dr. Raju Thapa, General Secretary of DPNet welcomed and highlighted about the objective of program.

Prof. Dr. Jib Raj Pokhrel, past VC of NAST presented on ‘Low cost technologies for landslide risk reduction’. He emphasized about how an indigenous practice helps on minimization of landslide hazard. His presentation included the concept of:

  • Sealing of crack,
  • Clearing debris and
  • Turfing the surface in tension cracks to minimize seepage and surface drainage on water-induced landslides.

He explained about the indigenous practices to manage small scale landslide. He talked about the concept of low cost by using locally available resources and local manpower. He added that the reduction of water, rain or drainage in tension cracks can be useful for minimization of landslide hazard.

Dr. Prem Bahadur Thapa, Assistant Professor of Tribhuvan University shared about relationship of rain with landslide and their consequences. He elaborated about the processes of filling the tension cracks in small landslide. He explained about how local people can use locally available resources such as shavel, Kuto as tool to clear debris and use of slit, sand, red mud and local soils can be used for filling of debris with trufing of locally available grasses in tension cracks of small landslides. He added local people should also be responsible to minimize the hazard caused by landslide. 36 participants joined the program representing many organizations working on the relevant sector. Participants were from the academic sector, government sector, professors, NAST representatives and many more. Participants share their own knowledge, experiences, quarries and provide feedback after the presentation.

Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa, in his closing remarks, thanked organizer, guests, speaker and participants for their presence, time and effort. He added programs like this will help to highlight the importance to mitigate small landslides. He thanked everyone for the comments and active interaction throughout the program.