Nepal deploys information platform for recovery and reconstruction


The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Government of Nepal, in close collaboration with the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and technical support from the Environmental System Research Institute (Esri) has developed and deployed the ‘Nepal Earthquake 2015: Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction Information Platform (DRRIP)’. 

The main objective of the Platform is to deliver timely, credible, and actionable data and information for earthquake relief operations, and to support the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts of the Government. This effort also aims to streamline information from multiple actors and sources for effective coordination and help avoid duplication of efforts. The Platform has been created as a single-gateway for validated data and information related to Nepal Earthquake 2015.

How does DRRIP work?

The DRRIP acts as a unified information hub with regional and global partners and space agencies, UN organizations and International Charter, donor agencies, academic and research organizations, relief organizations, local NGOs, private sector organizations, and the civil society. 

The DRRIP aims to contribute to the nationwide reconstruction and rehabilitation operations by enabling rational planning and decision-making for resource allocation and mobilisation, and in fostering coordination among the various actors on the ground. 

The platform provides overall snapshot using interactive maps and infographics at multiple levels and capturing key facts and figures regarding demography and damage (with interactive visualization before and after the disaster at the household level), needs assessment and the response required, and rapid damage assessment. The DRRIP also provides information regarding various relief organizations active on the ground by geographic region and key related useful links on Nepal Earthquake 2015.

With support from key partners, ICIMOD is providing technical support to coordinate and integrate relevant data and information from multiple sources to the Government of Nepal. These include high resolution satellite imageries, ancillary and field level data including crowdsourced information with mobile devices, high resolution aerial imagery sourced from the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle missions, as well as the data sourced from the social media and the Internet, among others.

The DRRIP has the following key components: 

  • Country Profile
    Earthquake disaster information with relief, incidents, health, education facility, etc.

  • District and VDC Profiles
    Earthquake disaster information at the district level with economic loss and damage index at VDC level

  • Municipality and Ward Profiles
    Earthquake disaster information at the district level with economic loss and damage index at ward level

  • Earthquake Map Journal
    Interactive map journal describing earthquake events, damage information, relief operations with key thematic focus on health, education, and livestock etc.

  • Cultural Heritage Map Journal 
    Dashboard and interactive map journal of damaged cultural heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley and other earthquake-affected regions

  • Geo-hazard Map Journal   
    Dashboard and interactive map journal of geo-hazard - landslides, avalanches, potential GLOFs, and landslide dammed lakes

  • Live Feed System for disaster alerts
    Real-time dashboard of different disaster alerts through Government and public sources