Study of Debris Generated by the Earthquake with Special Reference to Gurkha Earthquake 2015 in Nepal

Humagain Abhimanyu, Dahal Khet Raj


This study was carried out during the period from May to August 2018.  Literatures from various sources were collected and the conclusion was drawn. The study found that the types of debris depends on the types of disaster. There are various types of formulae identified by different writers, which are used to calculate the volume of the debris generated by the disasters. The debris generated by the Gorkha earthquake 2015 in Nepal was not managed properly though there is huge quantity of debris to be managed.  Similarly, there is no strategic plan, no appropriate technology, no pre–disaster debris management planning. The debris was cleared from the public places but it could not be managed properly due to various difficulties such as public awareness, technology know how and lack of resources. The economic value of the debris was not considered by the government agencies. Furthermore, there is lack of co-ordination between stakeholders, lack of supporting organizations in this sector, the support was only focused on search and rescue for survival but not on debris management, and no proper mechanism for community mobilization for disaster debris management.


Debris management strategy; Gorkha earthquake 2015; 3R principles; unit estimate of debris; public awareness; composition of earthquake debris.

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