The history of disaster incidents and impact in Nepal 1900-2005: ecological, geographical, and development perspectives

Aryal, Komal (2012) The history of disaster incidents and impact in Nepal 1900-2005: ecological, geographical, and development perspectives. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 3 (3). pp. 147-154. ISSN 2095-0095

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Abstract

The people of Nepal today are exposed to perennial local disaster events and profound vulnerability to disaster. The combined efforts of government, donors, UN agencies, NGOs, and Nepalese communities are needed to avert the impacts of disaster events. Much more can be done immediately to reduce the impacts by reviewing the scope and distribution of past disaster events. This article provides an overview of Nepal’s disaster vulnerability through an analysis of the record of disaster events that occurred from 1900 to 2005. The data were generated from historical archives and
divided into incidents at the district, subnational, and national levels. Statistical and Geographical Information System (GIS) analyses were carried out to generate district level disaster vulnerability maps. It is concluded that small-scale, local disasters have a greater cumulative impact in terms of casualties than large-scale, national disasters.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: disaster risk, disaster vulnerability, local disasters, Nepal
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography
Depositing User: Komal Aryal
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 16:06
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 06:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9144

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