High-level Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction

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Nepal is among the most disaster prone countries in the world. It had devastating earthquakes in 1934 and 1 988. The 19 34 earthquake measured 8.4 on the Richter scale is estimated to have killed over 16,000 people in Nepal and India. It caused extensive damages in Nepal: Over 8,500 lives were lost; over 80,000 houses were completely damaged, and over 126,0000 houses were severely damaaged.2 The more recent earthquake of magnitude 6..6 in Udayapur district in 19888 had killed 7721 people and destroyed 664,467 houses.