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Save from Disaster

The fury of nature sees no difference between rich and poor. But it is the poor and middle class who are more vulnerable to disasters.
NEPAL earthquake reinforces both,it devastated the peaceful Himalayan nation and brought irreparable misery shattering homes,families and livelihoods. This disaster raises serious questions like vulnerabilities,preparedness and pattern of development we adopt. There is no doubt that geological and geographical factors are prime causes,but much of the consequences of the disaster are result of anthropogenic factors. Unplanned and ill conceived pattern of settlements flouting rules and standard building codes giving scant regard to disaster preparedness and mitigation has certainly aggravated the tragedy. The hydra-headed monster CORRUPTION has its role allowing the unplanned development of settlements.Sociological factors like property sharing between siblings leads to constructing multistoried structures without proper structural engineering standards.