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Overcoming pains: Life after the Gorkha earthquake

Gorkha bazaar’s physiography, its human settlements and local livelihoods are typical of Nepal’s middle mountain region, and the populations are traditionally dependent on crop, livestock farming and remittance for sustenance. Traditional houses of the area are built with stone masonry with timber elements in the roof top. The earthquake damaged more houses in the villages than in Gorkha bazaar. The case study unfolded lived learning of people regarding many aspects of disasters and to be safer in future. The information was collected using semi-structured interviews with the participants from selected localities of Gorkha bazaar. The case study captures the experiences of people belonging to different castes/ethnicities, class, gender, occupation, livelihoods, ages and capacities.  A massive earthquake of magnitude 7.8 Richter scale occurred on April 25, 2015 and it’s epicentre was Barpak, Gorkha district .After facing the devastating earthquake people has improved knowledge and awareness about safety, quality of materials and  construction is important and the local people are the one to help immediately.

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