Help Victims of Nepal Earthquake 2015

Nepal and Nepalese people are in a dire need of help at this hour as a result of the devastating earthquake of Richter scale magnitude 7.9 on April 25, 2015. Reports of major damages have been flowing in from central part of Nepal and Kathmandu valley. The toll on people both in terms of life lost and suffering will continue to rise with the passage of time. In these hours of extreme difficulties, American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr) wants to assist Nepal in any way and by any means possible. American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr) plans to support the earthquake victims in two phases. In the first phase, the Society will provide monetary support to the victims of the earthquake disaster. In the Second Phase, the Society will provide technical support and financial support directly in Nepal pending the availability of funds. Your donation for Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund of ASNEngr can be contributed via PayPal. http://www.asnengr.org/donate

We would like to thank you in advance for your kind support. We want to assure you that the donations will be utilized in a proper and transparent ways as per the short-term and long term goals of the disaster relief program adopted by the Society. Please contact us at 410-350-6009 or email us at info@asnengr.org if you have any questions.

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The society provides a platform for all people of Nepalese background and friends of Nepal who are engineers and professionals in the closely related scientific and technical areas to come together, exchange ideas, share knowledge, and put technical, financial, and other resources together for the common good of its members and benefit of humanity. ASNEngr organizes technical and educational conferences and workshops, and plans to undertake engineering/scientific projects for the welfare of the human society. Although the emphasis is on engineering, the goal of ASNEngr is to be inclusive and be a common platform for engineers as well as scientists and technologists who have qualifications and expertise in areas closely related to any branch of engineering. As you visit other pages on this website, you will learn more about the society and its objectives and purposes. If you are an engineer or a scientist and wish to contribute to the missions/goals/objectives of ASNEngr for the benefit and well being of the human society, you are invited and welcome to join the society’s membership and participate actively in its activities.
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Nepal Earthquake 2015 - Funds released for relief and assessment

American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr) has released $3350 to Nepal Engineers Association (NEA) to support "Post Earthquake Rapid Infrastructure Assessment" in Nepal. Also ASNEngr has transfered $2000 to The University of Michigan ISR ISERN Chitwan Valley Relief Fund to supply relief packages to two VDCs in Gorkha District. Following is the picture of Relief Package distributed by ISR-ISERN using funds donated by ASNEngr.

Nepal Earthquake 2015 Fundraising update

In response to the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015 in Nepal, American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr) has established the following two funds to help people affected by the disaster: 1) Nepal Earthquake 2015 Disaster Relief Fund and 2) Post Earthquake Infrastructure Assessment and Reconstruction Fund.

As of May 12, 2015, ASNEngr has raised a total of $16,189.00 in these two funds; $15,739.00 under Nepal Earthquake 2015 Disaster Relief Fund and $450.00 under Post Earthquake Infrastructure Assessment and Reconstruction Fund.

Thank you for your donations. Please spread the news and share the society's website (http://www.asnengr.org) to your friends, families and acquaintances.

Press Release - Publication of the

American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr), 
 America Nepal Medical Foundation (ANMF), and 
Computer Association of Nepal–USA (CAN-USA) jointly releases 
  
Earthquake Preparedness and Disaster Relief in Nepal – A Position Paper 
  

      Prompted by the devastating Haiti earthquake of January 2010, members of the Nepali community living in the United States undertook a joint initiative, led by the three professional, non-profit organizations - to understand the current state of earthquake preparedness in Nepal. The lead organizations are the American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr), America Nepal Medical Foundation (ANMF) and the Computer Association of Nepal–USA (CAN-USA). 
  
      Nepal is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. Being a rugged, mountainous, land-locked country with a single small-sized international airport, Nepal will likely suffer greater human casualties than Haiti.  The United Nations and other organizations that assess earthquake hazards, currently rank Kathmandu at the highest risk for fatalities from a major earthquake than any other city in the world. 
  
      In modern days, Nepal has witnessed unregu­lated, uncontrolled, and rapid urban growth, particularly in the Kathmandu Valley, which is inhabited by approximately 2.5 million people. It is estimated that a Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale IX earthquake (Richter scale of approximately 7 or greater) would result in a catastrophic 100,000 deaths, 300,000 injured, and nearly 1.5 million homeless in the Kathmandu Valley.   Furthermore, 60% of buildings will be destroyed beyond repair, the airport will likely be isolated because of destroyed roads and bridges, and 60% of telephone lines will be useless for at least one month. Approximately, 80% of previously reviewed hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley would not meet the required safety level and would be nonfunctional; 20% are at high risk of life-threatening collapse. 
  
      The areas of infrastructure (building, bridges, roads, water supply, etc.), transportation systems, telecommunication networks, medical, and other essential services will be quickly overwhelmed. Kathmandu, therefore, requires unprecedented preparedness to endure the burden of widespread structural destruction and mass casualties resulting from such a major  earthquake. Since the exact timing of earthquakes is impossible to predict, disaster prepared­ness is the crucial  factor that we can plan and implement now to minimize the loss of lives and property. 
  
      This 110-page document titled “Earthquake Preparedness and Disaster Relief in Nepal – A Position Paper”   outlines the challenges that Nepal will face, if and when, another large magnitude earthquake strikes.  It presents technical information on earthquake preparedness, mitigation, training, and rescue operations that will be needed before, during, and after a major earthquake. The suggestions and recommendations in this document are intended to be preliminary.  They are divided into three main areas of concern in earthquake disaster mitigation: engineering, communication, and medical and public health. 
  
      The government of Nepal has started to establish a rudimentary foundation for earthquake preparedness. With focused, concerted effort and greater willingness from all sectors, Nepal has an opportunity to be a leader and a role model in developing a sustainable and sound disaster preparedness program for resource- poor countries. 
  
      We hope that this position paper will create a pathway for implementation and initiate the necessary plans for establishing a coordinated mechanism to draw together the resources and efforts by public and private stakeholders both in Nepal and the U.S. We also hope that the information presented in this paper will help generate constructive and meaningful questions and discussions towards better preparedness and mitigation of earthquake-related hazards and tragic situations expected from major earthquakes. 
  
      As this position paper was going to press, we heard news of a major 7.8 magnitude (Richter) earthquake with the epicenter at Gorkha District in Nepal, April 25, 2015, followed by a series of frequent aftershocks, including a strong 6.7 magnitude aftershock the next day. This has resulted in a large number of casualties (7171 dead, 1480 in Kathmandu alone, and 14446 injured at this time) and severe damage to buildings, homes and temples, including the world heritage Basantapur Durbar Square in central Kathmandu. The historical landmark Dharahara observation tower in Sundhara, Kathmandu which was recommended for an immediate seismic-retrofit in this report has collapsed. Early reports indicate considerable damage to infrastructure and extensive damage to local traditional houses, for as much as 90 percent to 100 percent, in some hard-hit villages leaving thousands homeless in these areas. The final casualty reports have not yet been received. We hope this position paper will contribute to needed discussions on future efforts of preparedness and enhancement of the country’s total earthquake resiliency program. Now there is a need to review the lessons learned in the areas of engineering, communications and medical care in the immediate response and recovery periods following this earthquake. 
     
     
We are greatly saddened and grieved by the loss of life and property caused by this recent devastating earthquake. Our hearts and minds go to Nepal at this trying and difficult moment. 
 
     
 
The position paper can be found at the following links: 

ASNEngr - http://www.asnengr.org/earthquake_position_paper
ANMF – www.AmericaNepalMedicalFoundation.com 
CAN-USA – http://www.CAN-USA.org

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