Annual Report 2015: 2015 Gorkha earthquake response

One-Stop Portal Created for Key Quake-Related Data

Finding and sharing data after a major disaster is both a critical need and a significant challenge, but in Nepal, after the Gorkha Earthquake, there is now a one-stop site where aid workers, researchers, and government departments can access credible data quickly and in a clear, user-friendly format.

ICIMOD partnered with the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) to create an online hub that streamlines information from multiple sources into a comprehensive National Disaster Relief and Recovery Information Platform (NDRRIP). The online platform pulls together key data with interactive maps, charts, graphics, photographs, and 3D visualizations to provide information at the national, district, municipal, and village levels and on specific areas, such as education, health, heritage, geohazards, and tourism.

If a user needs the numbers, for example, on home destruction in Kathmandu, a few keystrokes reveal the grim facts: 43,502 fully damaged and 56,024 partially damaged homes. There’s also context, with numbers drawn from the 2011 census showing that the earthquake damaged nearly half the homes that existed in 2011.

What about homes in a mountain district that wasn’t an epicentre and might be receiving less attention? In Ramechhap, as the portal reveals, there were 26,743 homes lost and 13,173 damaged in the quake – nearly all of the district’s 2011 total – along with damage to 33 health facilities, 54 government buildings, and 151 schools. All this in spite of being at the edge of the quake zone, with strong but not severe quake intensity and comparatively fewer deaths.

The site also shares information on relief agencies engaged in each district, along with supplies distributed, including the numbers of tents, tarpaulins, blankets, quintals of rice, and cartons of water. From deaths and injuries to loss of livestock and damage to schools, health posts, heritage sites, and more, the portal uses ICIMOD technical expertise and data from sources such the Government of Nepal to disseminate the data that aid workers and government departments need for relief and reconstruction and researchers will need in the future.