To push on with our rebuilding projects in Nepal, chairman Dr. Martin Kasper travelled into the project region last week. We report on Facebook and on the website for all friends of Nepal and Children-of-Bhandar every now and then about the experiences and results of the journey.
Good news first again: The damages at the houses are much less severe than suggested by the media. The “prominent” damages mostly affect old temples and sanctuaries, not the essential infrastructure. The people of Kathmandu – some exceptions aside – no longer live in tents. And many damages will be repairable relatively easy.
Now the bad news: It lacks reconsideration of the problem: (Re-)construction of buildings often takes place according the old way, which is in no way earthquake-proof. Blocked borders continue to hinder import of materials and fuel.
The legal guidelines for buildings in Nepal have to become stricter and be enforced – and politicians have to start discussing problems instead of scrambling for victory in the streets.