Lead by Dr. Robert Burke with the American based NGO Engineers Without Borders and Dr. Danda Adhikari, president of the Nepal Geological Society the objective of the study is to analyse the areas affected by the landslides caused by the earthquake of April 25, 2015 and to make assessments of possible new rebuilding sites.
Assisted by Obrigado Portugal Association’s Lourenço Macedo Santos, Pedro Queirós, Maria da Paz Braga and Francisca Bastos and hosted by the warm generous people living in the local communities the comprehensive field study lasted six days.
The primary focus of the team was to identify and analyse the geological factors having a direct impact on our rebuilding efforts addressing both the possibility of future landslides and the real threat posed by the annual monsoon rains. Precise measurements and soil samples were taken from each of the six village locations for analysis back at the lab in addition to the placement of bamboo stakes along critical points to ascertain if the soil is still indeed in motion.
According to Sangita Shreshta, Vice-President of Dwarikas Foundation and project leader of Our Dream Village Project, "The Geological Survey is the first step to achieving the dream of rebuilding homes, roads and other buildings that were destroyed in the villages of Tatopani. This is a unique opportunity for the future of Nepal, as the country's reconstruction should be done in areas considered safe by the competent authorities. Engineers Without Borders and the Nepal Geological Society are partners in this project and we have to thank them deeply their involvement in this cause. "
The results and findings of the study will be presented soon.